The Department of Logic & Philosophy of Science Colloquium Series presents

“An Originalist Theory of Concepts”
with Mark Sainsbury, University of Texas, Austin

Friday, May 18, 2012
3:00 p.m.
Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 1517

The main claim is that concepts are to be individuated by their origin, and not by their semantic or epistemic properties. This makes concepts available to do non-circular explanatory work concerning semantic and epistemic issues. Sainsbury shows how the theory applies to some familiar puzzle cases, like Frege’s puzzle and the puzzle of Paderewski. Much of the material comes from his recently published book co-authored with Michael Tye: /Seven Puzzles of Thought and How to
Solve Them: An Originalist Theory of Concepts/ (OUP).

For further information, please contact Patty Jones, or 949-824-1520.


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