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The Non-Individualist Challenge: Contextualism

Bhargava Rajeev

in Individualism in Social Science

Published in print June 1992 | ISBN: 9780198242796
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242796.003.0007

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

The Non-Individualist Challenge: Contextualism

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This chapter discusses the concept of contextualism. The contextualist thesis is the claim that concepts must be understood in their social context. In the minds of the contextualists, concepts cannot and do not exist only in the minds of individuals, and grasping them cannot simply be a matter of performing an individual mental act.

Keywords: contextualism; contextualist thesis; social context; contextualists; concepts; mental act

Chapter.  23353 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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