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Landon Elkind (Western Kentucky University)
Landon Elkind (Western Kentucky University)

Tue, 27 Jun


Online Lecture

Landon Elkind (Western Kentucky University)

Landon Elkind is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Political Science at Western Kentucky University. Most of his current research focuses on the Principia Rewrite project.


27 Jun 2023, 16:00 – 18:00 CEST

Online Lecture



Conceptual Analysis or Conceptual Engineering? Principia as a Case Study


Conceptual engineers have made hay over the differences of their metaphilosophy from those of conceptual analysts. In this talk, I argue that a closer look at one philosophically important example suggests that the differences are not as great as conceptual engineers have, perhaps rhetorically, made them seem. That is, conceptual analysts asking ‘What is X?’ questions can do much the same work that conceptual engineers can do with ‘What is X for?’ questions, at least if conceptual analysts self-understand their activity as a revisionary enterprise. I show this with a study of Russell's metaphilosophy, which was just such a revisionary conception of conceptual analysis.

Zoom meeting ID: 614 8076 0079

Zoom passcode: CEN23

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