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THE THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF CONCEPTUAL ENGINEERING

From: 2019-03-11 To:2019-03-11

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    Modern & Contemporary Philosophy
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    Mind, Language & Action
  • MLAG RESEARCH SEMINAR 2018-2019

    THE THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF CONCEPTUAL ENGINEERING

    Manuel Gustavo Isaac (University of Barcelona)

     

    11 de março 2019 (segunda-feira)

    14h30 | Sala 201

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    Abstract: Conceptual engineering means to provide a method to assess and improve our concepts working as cognitive devices. But conceptual engineering still lacks an account of what concepts are (as cognitive devices) and of what engineering is (in the case of cognition). And without such prior understanding of its subject matter, or so it is claimed here, conceptual engineering is bound to remain useless, merely operating as a piecemeal approach, with no overall grip on its target domain. The purpose of this programmatic paper is to overcome this knowledge gap by providing some guidelines for developing the theories of concepts and of cognition that will ground the systematic unified framework needed to effectively implement conceptual engineering as a widely applicable method for the cognitive optimization of our conceptual devices. 

     

    Biographical note: Manuel Gustavo Isaac is currently AGAUR Beatriu de Pinós Fellow at the University of Barcelona (LOGOS Research Group). Previously, he was Swiss NSF Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellow at the University of Amsterdam (ILLC). And before that, he held several research and teaching positions at the University of Geneva, the Sorbonne-Nouvelle University, and Paris Diderot University. Manuel Gustavo received his PhD in 2015 from Sorbonne Paris Cité University for a thesis in historical epistemology, and also got degrees in philosophy (BA 2006, MPhil 2008), linguistics (MPhil 2009), and logic (BA 2010, MA 2011) from Paris Sorbonne Universities. His current research focuses on both the foundational issues and the methodological framework of the research program of conceptual engineering.

     

     

    Imagem: Helen Frankenthaler, What Red Lines Can Do (1970)

     

    Programa MLAG Research Seminars: https://ifilosofia.up.pt/activities/mlag-research-seminar-2018-2019 

     

    Organização:
    Research Group Mind Language and Action Group (MLAG)
    MLAG Seminars 2018-2019 (Sofia Miguens, Diana Couto, José Pedro Correia, João Silva)

    Instituto de Filosofia da Universidade do Porto - FIL/00502
    Financiamento: FCT

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