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Fixing Language: An Essay on Conceptual Engineering

Herman Cappelen

Abstract

Fixing Language is a book about ways in which language (and other representational devices) can be defective and improved. In all parts of philosophy there are philosophers who criticize the concepts we have and propose ways to improve them. Once one notices this about philosophy, it’s easy to see that revisionist projects occur in a range of other intellectual disciplines and in ordinary life. That fact gives rise to a cluster of questions: How does the process of conceptual amelioration work? What are the limits of revision (how much revision is too much)? How does the process of revision fi ... More

Keywords: conceptual engineering, amelioration, metaphilosophy, concepts, Frege, Carnap, language, communication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198814719
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198814719.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Herman Cappelen, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Oslo and University of St Andrews

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