Theory of concepts; Philosophical methodology; Theory of cognition; Conceptual engineering; Metaphilosophy
Isaac Manuel Gustavo (2021), What should conceptual engineering be all about?, in Philosophia
Isaac Manuel Gustavo (2021), Post-truth conceptual engineering, in Inquiry
Isaac Manuel Gustavo (2021), Broad-spectrum conceptual engineering, in Ratio: An International Journal of Analytic Philosophy
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Isaac Manuel Gustavo (2020), How to conceptually engineer conceptual engineering?, in Inquiry
Koch Steffen, Isaac Manuel Gustavo (ed.) (2020), Inquiry. Special issue: "Foundational Issues in Conceptual Engineering"
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IsaacManuel Gustavo, Which Concept of Concept for Conceptual Engineering?, in Erkenntnis: An International Journal of Scientific Philosophy
We use concepts all the time to make sense of reality. That of foodstuff types to put the groceries away, of GDP metrics to measure the country's economic progress, of `force' to explain the falling of bodies in Newtonian mechanics, etc. Here the quality of our cognitive activity crucially depends on the quality of our conceptual apparatus, so that: the better our concepts are, the better our cognition will be. Think of the percentage of waste you can recycle thanks to good concepts of selective sorting. Example like this are all around us everyday. And conceptual engineering is the new research program that precisely means to provide a method to assess and improve any of our concepts working as such cognitive devices. But conceptual engineering is still a very young research field and it still lacks, to date, an explicit account of what concepts are (as cognitive devices) and of what engineering is (in the case of conceptual cognition). Now, 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 the present research project is to overcome this knowledge gap by developing the theories of concepts and of (cognitive) engineering that will ground the systematic unified framework needed to efficiently and consistently implement conceptual engineering as a method for the cognitive optimization of our concepts. Given that conceptual deficiencies are ubiquitous (as revealed throughout many informational interviews with policy-makers, think tanks, entrepreneurs, practitioners and researchers from various domains), the challenge of setting up conceptual engineering in this way is of the most urgent scientific relevance.