Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Vol. 78, No. 2, March 2009

Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Vol. 78, No. 2, March 2009

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The Conventional and the Analytic, MANUEL GARCIA-CARPINTERO and MANUEL PEREZ OTERO

Putting Thoughts to Work: Concepts, Systematicity, and Stimulus-Independence, ELISABETH CAMP

This essay argues that we can reconcile two seemingly incompatible traditions for thinking about concepts. On the one hand, many cognitive scientists assume that the systematic redeployment of representational abilities suffices for having concepts. On the other hand, a long philosophical tradition maintains that language is necessary for genuinely conceptual thought. The paper argues that on a theoretically useful and empirically plausible concept of "concept," it is necessary and sufficient for conceptual thought that a thinker be able to entertain many of the potential thoughts produced by recombining her representational abilities apart from a direct confrontation with the states of affairs being represented. Such representational abilities support a cognitive engagement with the world that is flexible, abstract, and active.

Must the Fundamental Laws of Physics be Complete? MARC LANGE

Reddish Green: A Challenge for Modal Claims About Phenomenal Structure, MARTINE NIDA-RUMELIN and JUAN SUAREZ

This paper discusses two modal claims about the phenomenal structure of color experiences: (i) violet experiences are necessarily experiences of a color that is for the subject on that occasion phenomenally composed of red and blue (the modal claim about violet) and (ii) no subject can possibly have an experience of a color that is for it then phenomenally composed of red and green (the modal claim about reddish green). …

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