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Herman Cappelen, 6 December 2019, 11h

December 06, 2019

ArgLab Research Colloquium

Colégio Almada Negreiros (CAN), 2nd floor, Sala 221

Conceptual Engineering: Under our Control?

Herman Cappelen, University of Oslo (Norway) and University of St Andrews (United Kingdom)

 

Conceptual Engineering is the project of assessing our representational devices, proposing improvements, and then try to implement those suggested improvements. The central question in this talk is: To what extent is the process of improving our representational devices one we are in control of? What does ‘control’ mean? I explain why it would be awful if this was a process we could be in control of. Natural languages are naturally conservative and not easily swayed by us - and that’s a very good thing (in effect: languages are more sensible than us).

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