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Truth by AnalysisGames, Names, and Philosophy$
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Colin McGinn

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199856145

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856145.001.0001

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Psychologism and the Linguistic Turn

Psychologism and the Linguistic Turn

(p.62) 5 Psychologism and the Linguistic Turn
Truth by Analysis

Colin McGinn

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that conceptual analysis is not guilty of psychologism. It may have appeared momentarily that it could not avoid that sin, since concepts are psychological entities: So isn't inquiry into concepts inquiry into psychological matters? But our interest in games is not an interest in the psychology of games—that is, our psychological representation of games. Hence we are not drifting into a regrettable psychologism; we are objectivists about analysis, and proud of it. The chapter also rejects any internal connection between conceptual analysis and “linguistic philosophy”.

Keywords:   conceptual analysis, psychologism, linguistic philosophy, objectivists

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