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Post-truth conceptual engineering


Isaac, Manuel Gustavo (2024). Post-truth conceptual engineering. Inquiry, 67(1):199-214.

Abstract

Conceptual engineering is the method for assessing and improving our concepts. Some have recently claimed that the implementation of such method in the form of ameliorative projects is truth-driven and should thus be epistemically constrained, ultimately at least (Simion, Mona. 2018b. “The ‘Should’ in Conceptual Engineering.” Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 61 (8): 914–928; cf. Podosky, Paul-Mikhail Catapang. 2018. “Ideology and Normativity: Constraints on Conceptual Engineering.” Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy, Online first, 1–15. doi:10.1080/0020174X.2018.1562374). This paper challenges that claim on the assumption of a social constructionist analysis of ideologies, and provides an alternative, pragmatic and cognitive framework for determining the legitimacy of ameliorative conceptual projects overall. The upshot is that one should not ameliorate for the sake of truth or knowledge, in the case of ideologies – at least, not primarily.

Abstract

Conceptual engineering is the method for assessing and improving our concepts. Some have recently claimed that the implementation of such method in the form of ameliorative projects is truth-driven and should thus be epistemically constrained, ultimately at least (Simion, Mona. 2018b. “The ‘Should’ in Conceptual Engineering.” Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 61 (8): 914–928; cf. Podosky, Paul-Mikhail Catapang. 2018. “Ideology and Normativity: Constraints on Conceptual Engineering.” Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy, Online first, 1–15. doi:10.1080/0020174X.2018.1562374). This paper challenges that claim on the assumption of a social constructionist analysis of ideologies, and provides an alternative, pragmatic and cognitive framework for determining the legitimacy of ameliorative conceptual projects overall. The upshot is that one should not ameliorate for the sake of truth or knowledge, in the case of ideologies – at least, not primarily.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords:Health Policy, Philosophy
Language:English
Date:2 January 2024
Deposited On:13 Jan 2022 08:38
Last Modified:27 May 2024 01:48
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0020-174X
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/0020174x.2021.1887758
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant IDP400PG_183807
  • : Project TitleReshaping the World: A Systematic Unified Framework for Conceptual Engineering
  • : FunderH2020
  • : Grant ID101001106
  • : Project TitleWARFUN - War and Fun: Reconceptualizing Warfare and Its Experience
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