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The Austerity Framework and Semantic Normativity

Pinder, Mark (2018). The Austerity Framework and Semantic Normativity. Inquiry (Early Access).

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According to Herman Cappelen’s Austerity Framework, conceptual engineering doesn’t involve concepts, and barely involves engineering. I begin by raising two objections to the Austerity Framework as it stands: the framework cannot account for important normative aspects of conceptual engineering; and it doesn’t give us an adequate response to Strawson-style objections that conceptual engineering serves only to change the subject. I then supplement the Austerity Framework with an account of semantic normativity, which builds on the speaker/semantic meaning distinction, and show that so-supplemented the Austerity Framework successfully overcomes the two objections. I tentatively conclude that semantic normativity should play a key role in how we understand conceptual engineering.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 0020-174X
Keywords: conceptual engineering; austerity framework; semantic normativity; limits of revision
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)
Item ID: 57548
Depositing User: Mark Pinder
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2018 11:39
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2019 13:35
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