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Conceptual Engineering and Conceptual Ethics

Alexis Burgess, Herman Cappelen, and David Plunkett


Conceptual engineering is a branch of philosophy that is concerned with assessing representational devices such as concepts and words. Conceptual engineers looks for the problems with such devices and attempt to come up with ways of improving flawed concepts: they attempt to say how those concepts should be. This is the first volume devoted entirely to the possibility, benefits, problems, and applications of conceptual engineering and conceptual ethics. It consists of twenty chapters; some advocate for the field, while others develop sceptical arguments, and some focus on the various methodolo ... More

Keywords: conceptual engineering, conceptual ethics, semantics, metasemantics, concepts, ontology, meanings, ethics, metaethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198801856
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198801856.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexis Burgess, editor
Independent Philosopher, Pomona College

Herman Cappelen, editor
Professor of Philosophy, University of Oslo / University of St Andrews

David Plunkett, editor
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dartmouth College