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Conceptual Analysis in the Philosophy of Science

Zach, Martin (2019) Conceptual Analysis in the Philosophy of Science. Balkan Journal of Philosophy, 11 (2).

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Abstract

Conceptual analysis as a method of inquiry has long enjoyed popularity in analytic philosophy, including the philosophy of science. In this article I offer a perspective on the ways in which the method of conceptual analysis has been used, and distinguish two broad kinds, namely philo-sophical and empirical conceptual analysis. In so doing I outline a historical trend in which non-naturalized ap-proaches to conceptual analysis are being replaced by a variety of naturalized approaches. I outline the basic charac-teristics of these approaches with illustrative examples, arguing that recent developments in the philosophy of sci-ence show that in order to achieve a more adequate under-standing of scientific endeavour we need to prioritize the naturalized accounts of the method.


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Zach, Martinzach@flu.cas.cz0000-0001-7181-0391
Keywords: conceptual analysis; empirical philosophy of science; naturalism
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: Dr. Martin Zach
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2023 14:34
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2023 14:34
Item ID: 21740
Journal or Publication Title: Balkan Journal of Philosophy
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.5840/bjp201911212
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Date: 2019
Volume: 11
Number: 2
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21740

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