What is Conceptual Engineering and What Should it Be?

Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 63 (2020)
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Conceptual engineering is the design, implementation, and evaluation of concepts. Conceptual engineering includes or should include de novo conceptual engineering (designing a new concept) as well as conceptual re-engineering (fixing an old concept). It should also include heteronymous (different-word) as well as homonymous (same-word) conceptual engineering. I discuss the importance and the difficulty of these sorts of conceptual engineering in philosophy and elsewhere.

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David Chalmers
New York University


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