Wandering Significance

Wandering Significance : An Essay on Conceptual Behaviour

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Mark Wilson presents a highly original and broad-ranging investigation of the way we get to grips with the world conceptually, and the way that philosophical problems commonly arise from this. Words such as colour, shape, solidity exemplify the commonplace conceptual tools we employ to describe and order the world around us. But the world's goods are complex in their behaviors and we often overlook the subtle adjustments that our evaluative terms undergo as their
usage becomes gradually adapted to different forms of supportive circumstance. Wilson not only explains how these surprising strategies of hidden management operate, but also tells the astonishing story of how faulty schemes and great metaphysical systems sometimes spring from a simple failure to
recognize the innocent wanderings to which our descriptive words are heir.

Wilson combines traditional philosophical concerns about human conceptual thinking with illuminating data derived from a large variety of fields including physics and applied mathematics, cognitive psychology, and linguistics. Wandering Significance offers abundant new insights and perspectives for philosophers of language, mind, and science, and will also reward the interest of psychologists, linguists, and anyone curious about the mysterious ways in which useful language obtains its practical
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Product details

  • Paperback | 692 pages
  • 172 x 246 x 36mm | 1,221g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous figures
  • 0199532303
  • 9780199532308
  • 928,263

Table of contents

1. Wide Screen ; 2. Lost Chords ; 3. Classical Glue ; 4. Theory Facades ; 5. The Practical Go of It ; 6. The Virtues of Cracked Reasoning ; 7. Linguistic Wayfaring ; 8. Song of the Master Idea ; 9. Semantic Mimicry ; 10. The Critic of Nature and Genius
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Late Twentieth Century philosophical theories of concepts confine their movements within a surprisingly constrained Carnapian compass...But there is something wholly new under the sun. Mark Wilson's Wandering Significance represents the intrusion into this tired tradition of a theoretical approach that is both strikingly original and genuinely deep. The evidence, considerations, and ideas he brings into play do not stem from any recognizable prior
philosophical school, constellation, or tradition. What he offers is new conceptual framework that is motivated and supported by concrete, detailed investigations of actual concepts "under a microscope" and "pushed to the limit". * Robert Brandom, Philosophical and Phenomenological Research * This monumental volume aims to redirect philosophical work on concepts towards explaining how we can successfully navigate the daunting complexity of the natural world. * Christopher Pincock, Philosophia Mathematica *
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