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Should We Be Moved By What Motivates Expressivism?, Terence Cuneo Jan 2018

Should We Be Moved By What Motivates Expressivism?, Terence Cuneo

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When two views differ as sharply as do realism and expressivism, it is easy for their proponents to talk past one another, failing to understand the other’s most fundamental commitments. My project in this essay is to bring these two very different views into conversation. I begin by offering a more specific characterization of both expressivism and realism, noting where some of their important differences lie. I then identify the primary rationale that expressivists offer for rejecting moral realism in favor of their view, an argument that has a long history in the expressivist tradition, which I refer to ...


Conceptual Analysis And Its Limits, Karen Bennett Oct 2017

Conceptual Analysis And Its Limits, Karen Bennett

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My topic is conceptual analysis and its limits. I will start by sketching what I mean by ‘conceptual analysis’, and saying a bit about how it is used in contemporary philosophy. Then I will point out two limitations of the method, and illustrate these limits with examples: some from the philosophical literature, and some from biology.


Polar Terms And Interdependent Concepts, Marcus G. Singer Jan 1990

Polar Terms And Interdependent Concepts, Marcus G. Singer

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The notion of polarity, of polar terms and concepts, has been extensively used in the history of philosophy. However, there has never been a careful analysis or elucidation of the very concept of polarity itself. This paper aims to provide just such an elucidation of the concept of polarity.