Conceptual Ethics and Conceptual Engineering

ISBN : 9780198801856

Alexis Burgess; Herman Cappelen; David Plunkett
464 ページ
153 x 234 mm

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Conceptual engineering and conceptual ethics are branches of philosophy concerned with questions about how to assess and ameliorate our representational devices (such as concepts and words). It is a part of philosophy that examines which concepts we should use (and why), how concepts can be improved, when concepts should be abandoned, and how proposals for amelioration can be implemented. Central parts of the history of philosophy have engaged with these issues, but the focus of this volume is on applications to work in contemporary philosophy of language and mind, epistemology, metaphilosophy, gender and race theory, ethics, philosophy of science, and philosophical logic. This is the first volume devoted entirely to conceptual engineering and conceptual ethics. It consists of twenty chapters written by leading philosophers, which explore the possibilities, benefits, problems, and applications of these influential branches of philosophy.


1 Herman Cappelen and David Plunkett: Introduction: A Guided Tour of Conceptual Engineering and Conceptual Ethics
2 Derek Ball: Revisionary Analysis without Meaning Change (Or, Could Women Be Analytically Oppressed?)
3 Delia Belleri: Minimal Substantivity
4 David Braddon-Mitchell: Reactive Concepts: engineering the concept
5 Ingo Brigandt and Esther Rosario: Strategic Conceptual Engineering for Epistemic and Social Aims
6 Alexis Burgess: Never Say 'Never Say Never'?
7 Herman Cappelen: Conceptual Engineering: The Master Argument
8 Josh Dever: Preliminary Scouting Reports from the Outer Limits of Conceptual Engineering
9 Esa Diaz-Leon: Descriptive vs. Ameliorative Projects: The Role of Normative Considerations
10 Matti Eklund: Variance Theses in Ontology and Metaethics
11 Patrick Greenough: Neutralism and Conceptual Engineering
12 Sally Haslanger: Going On, Not in the Same Way
13 Frank Jackson: The Theory-Theory Approach to Ethics
14 Tristram McPherson and David Plunkett: Conceptual Ethics and the Methodology of Normative Inquiry
15 Alejandro Perez Carballo: Conceptual Evaluation: Epistemic
16 Philip Pettit: Analyzing Concepts and Allocating Referents
17 Mark Richard: The A-project and the B-project
18 Sarah Sawyer: Thought and Talk
19 Kevin Scharp: Philosophy as the Study of Defective Concepts
20 Rachel Katharine Sterken: Linguistic Intervention and Transformative Communicative Disruptions
21 Amie L. Thomasson: Pragmatic Method for Conceptual Ethics


Alexis Burgess is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pomona College.
Herman Cappelen is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo and at the University of St Andrews. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Inquiry. Cappelen works in all areas of systematic philosophy and has written, co-written, or edited more than ten books and many articles.
David Plunkett is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth College.