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2016

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Gadamer, Kant, And The Enlightenment, Robert J. Dostal Jan 2016

Gadamer, Kant, And The Enlightenment, Robert J. Dostal

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Concepts As Pluralistic Hybrids, Collin Rice Jan 2016

Concepts As Pluralistic Hybrids, Collin Rice

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In contrast to earlier views that argued for a particular kind of concept (e.g. prototypes), several recent accounts have proposed that there are multiple distinct kinds of concepts, or that there is a plurality of concepts for each category. In this paper, I argue for a novel account of concepts as pluralistic hybrids. According to this view, concepts are pluralistic because there are several concepts for the same category whose use is heavily determined by context. In addition, concepts are hybrids because they typically link together several different kinds of information that are used in the same cognitive processes ...


Factive Scientific Understanding Without Accurate Representation, Collin Rice Jan 2016

Factive Scientific Understanding Without Accurate Representation, Collin Rice

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This paper analyzes two ways idealized biological models produce factive scientific

understanding. I then argue that models can provide factive scientific understanding of a

phenomenon without providing an accurate representation of the (difference-making) features of

their real-world target system(s). My analysis of these cases also suggests that the debate over

scientific realism needs to investigate the factive scientific understanding produced by scientists’

use of idealized models rather than the accuracy of scientific models themselves.