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Thick concepts and context dependence

Bergqvist, A. (2013) Thick concepts and context dependence. Southwest Philosophy Review, 29 (1). pp. 221-232. ISSN 0897-2346 (doi:10.5840/swphilreview201329123)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/swphilreview201329123

Abstract

In this paper I develop my account of moral particularism, focussing on the nature of thick moral concepts. My aim is to show how the particularist can consistently uphold an non-reductive cognitivist ‘dual role’ view of thick moral concepts, even though she holds that the qualities ascribed by such concepts can vary in their moral relevance – so that to judge that something is generous or an act of integrity need not entail that the object of evaluative appraisal is good to some extent. A novel particularist account of thick concepts is proposed, in response to recent work on variance holism. The particularist rejects the holist’s attempt to preserve the idea that thick concepts are evaluative concepts by postulating a special semantic content, a contextually variable evaluative valence, as theoretically unmotivated and conceptually confused. Instead it is argued that the thick concepts have determinable evaluative content in situ only.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bergqvist, Dr Anna
Authors: Bergqvist, A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Southwest Philosophy Review
Publisher:Philosophy Documentation Center
ISSN:0897-2346
ISSN (Online):2154-1116

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