Explication as a Method of Conceptual Re-engineering

Brun, Georg (2015). Explication as a Method of Conceptual Re-engineering. Erkenntnis - an international journal of analytic philosophy, 81(6), pp. 1211-1241. Springer 10.1007/s10670-015-9791-5

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Taking Carnap’s classic exposition as a starting point, this paper develops a pragmatic account of the method of explication, defends it against a range of challenges and proposes a detailed recipe for the practice of explicating. It is then argued that confusions are involved in characterizing explications as definitions, and in advocating precising definitions as an alternative to explications. Explication is better characterized as conceptual re-engineering for theoretical purposes, in contrast to conceptual re-engineering for other purposes and improving exactness for purely practical reasons. Finally, three limitations which call for further development of the method of explication are discussed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy > Theoretical Philosophy

UniBE Contributor:

Brun, Georg

Subjects:

100 Philosophy

ISSN:

0165-0106

Publisher:

Springer

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Georg Brun

Date Deposited:

31 Mar 2016 09:00

Last Modified:

11 Jan 2017 01:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s10670-015-9791-5

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/77024

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