On Strawson’s critique of explication as a method in philosophy

  title={On Strawson’s critique of explication as a method in philosophy},
  author={Mark Pinder},
  • Mark Pinder
  • Published 14 November 2017
  • Computer Science, Philosophy
  • Synthese
In the course of theorising, it can be appropriate to replace one concept—a folk concept, or one drawn from an earlier stage of theorising—with a more precise counterpart. The best-known account of concept replacement is Rudolf Carnap’s ‘explication’. P.F. Strawson famously critiqued explication as a method in philosophy. As the critique is standardly construed, it amounts to the objection that explication is ‘irrelevant’, fails to be ‘illuminating’, or simply ‘changes the subject’. In this… Expand

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