29

Nov

Higher Seminar in Theoretical Philosophy: Fredrik Österblom "What makes a concept fruitful for inquiry?"

29 November 2022 13:15 to 15:00 Seminar

Carnap’s  method of explication is the task of replacing, for theoretical reasons, an inadequate concept with a more adequate concept.  More specifically, the new concept, called the explicatum, should be  (i) somewhat similar to the old concept, (ii) exact, (iii) fruitful, and  (iv) as simple as (i-iii) permits. In Carnap’s view, a fruitful (nonlogical) explicatum facilitates the formulation of  new laws. In Carnap’s view, by formulating new laws we facilitate the  two aims of science: prediction and explanation. Recently, several  philosophers who are generally sympathetic to explication as a method have called for revisions of Carnap’s fruitfulness  criterion. While some revisions of the criterion are needed, there is a  problem with these proposed revisions of the criterion. I argue that by  contextualizing the notion of fruitfulness they lose much of the appeal of explication as a philosophical method.

About the event:

29 November 2022 13:15 to 15:00

Location:
LUX B538

Contact:
erik_j.olssonfil.luse

Save the event to your calendar