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dc.contributor.authorDutilh Novaes, Catarina
dc.identifier.citationDutilh Novaes , C 2020 , ' Carnapian explication and ameliorative analysis : a systematic comparison ' , Synthese , vol. 197 , no. 3 , pp. 1011-1034 .
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dc.description.abstractA distinction often drawn is one between conservative versus revisionary conceptions of philosophical analysis with respect to commonsensical beliefs and intuitions. This paper offers a comparative investigation of two revisionary methods: Carnapian explication and ameliorative analysis as developed by S. Haslanger. It is argued that they have a number of common features, and in particular that they share a crucial political dimension: they both have the potential to serve as instrument for social reform. Indeed, they may produce improved versions of key concepts of everyday life, for example those pertaining to social categories such as gender and race (among others), which in turn may lead to social change. The systematic comparison of these two frameworks offered here, where similarities as well as differences are discussed, is likely to provide useful guidance to practitioners of both approaches, as it will highlight important aspects of each of them that tend to remain implicit and under-theorized in existing applications of these methodologies to specific questions.
dc.rightsCopyright © The Author(s) 2018. This article is an open access publication. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.en
dc.subjectRevisonary analysisen
dc.subjectAmeliorative analysisen
dc.subjectPhilosophical methodsen
dc.subjectB Philosophy (General)en
dc.titleCarnapian explication and ameliorative analysis : a systematic comparisonen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studiesen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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