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Dual Character Concepts

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Reuter Kevin,
Project The Conceptual Space of the Affective Mind
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Philosophy Compass
Volume (Issue) 14(1)
Page(s) 1
Title of proceedings Philosophy Compass

Open Access

Type of Open Access Repository (Green Open Access)


Some of philosophy's most central concepts, including art, friendship, and happiness, have been argued to be dual character concepts. Their main characteristic is that they encode not only a descriptive dimension but also an independent normative dimension for categorization. This article introduces the class of dual character concepts and discusses various accounts of their content and structure. A specific focus will be placed on their relation to two other classes of concepts, thick concepts and natural kind concepts. The study of dual character concepts not only demonstrates that a wide range of concepts is inherently normative, but it also reveals new possibilities for investigating gender biases, generics, and social roles.