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Deflated concepts: a reply to Stainton

Barber, Alex (1997). Deflated concepts: a reply to Stainton. Crítica: Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofia, 29(86) pp. 83–105.

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Abstract

(This paper responds to some criticisms made by Robert J. Stainton of an earlier-written but later-published paper, 'The Pleonasticisty of Talk about Concepts'. Philosophical Studies, 89: 53-86, 1998.)

The pleonastic theory of concepts is still viable, notwithstanding criticisms recently brought against it by Robert J. Stainton (Crítica, December 1996). In particular, mastering a concept can be seen as understanding a term that expresses that concept, and seeing it in this way does not threaten the deflationary character of the pleonastic theory given a proper construal of understanding. Moreover, appeals to deeper-than-surface structural constituency of the kind familiar in contemporary linguistics do not necessarily engender a robust interpretation of concept-discourse.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 1997 Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas
ISSN: 0011-1503
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 41139
Depositing User: Alexander Barber
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2014 09:31
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:46
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/41139
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