Concept Pragmatism: Declined and Fell

Jerry A. Fodor

in LOT 2

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548774
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191721106 | DOI:
Concept Pragmatism: Declined and Fell

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There is a recent vogue in the philosophical literature for reviving the definition construct in an altered version with ‘definitions-in-use’ playing the role of definitions-tout-court. This definition-in-use story deserves close scrutiny if only because it raises some Very Large Questions about the individuation of concepts and about what it is to have one, and about relations between natural-language semantics and logic. This chapter discusses this in some detail, starting with a word or two about old-style definitions just to remind readers of the background.

Keywords: construct; definitions-in-use; pragmatism; natural language

Chapter.  9104 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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