Everyday Concepts as a Guide to Reality
Baker (Lynne Rudder)
Source: The Monist, Vol. 89, No. 3, Coming into Being and Passing Away (July 2006), pp. 313-333
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Author’s Abstract

  1. On September 11, 2001, as everyone knows, the towers of the World Trade Center in New York were attacked. I want to discuss this event in order to motivate a non-reductionist view of the extensions of everyday concepts.
  2. Next, I shall set out, and begin to defend, the particular view of non-reductionism that I favour - the Constitution View1.
  3. Then, I shall consider two venerable metaphysical issues (the nature of vagueness and the mind independent/mind-dependent distinction) in light of the Constitution View2.
  4. If the Constitution View3 is correct, then everyday concepts are a good guide to reality.
  5. My aim is to offer a metaphysical theory that acknowledges the genuine reality of what our everyday concepts (as well as our scientific concepts) are concepts of.


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