Fixing language : an essay on conceptual engineering / Herman Cappelen.
- First edition.
- Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, 2018.
x, 212 pages ; 25 cm
Language and languages -- Philosophy.
Language and languages -- Grammar, Historical.
Language and languages -- Usage -- History.
- Herman Cappelen investigates how language and other representational devices can go wrong, and how to fix them. We use language to understand and talk about the world, but what if our language has deficiencies that prevent it from playing that role? How can we revise our concepts, and what are the limits on revision?
- Introduction to conceptual engineering
Towards a general theory I: Metasemantic foundations
Towards a general theory II: Topic continuity as the limits of revision
Towards a general theory III: Worldiness and the varieties of conceptual engineering
Part V: Compare and contrast: Alternative accounts of conceptual engineering .
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-209) and index.
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