Psychologism and the Linguistic Turn

Colin McGinn

in Truth by Analysis

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199856145
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919567 | DOI:
Psychologism and the Linguistic Turn

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This chapter argues that conceptual analysis is not guilty of psychologism. It may have appeared momentarily that it could not avoid that sin, since concepts are psychological entities: So isn't inquiry into concepts inquiry into psychological matters? But our interest in games is not an interest in the psychology of games—that is, our psychological representation of games. Hence we are not drifting into a regrettable psychologism; we are objectivists about analysis, and proud of it. The chapter also rejects any internal connection between conceptual analysis and “linguistic philosophy”.

Keywords: conceptual analysis; psychologism; linguistic philosophy; objectivists

Chapter.  8063 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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