[SydPhil] Reminder: Gabe Rabin, ANU @ Wed 30 Jul 2014 15:30 - 17:00 (Seminars)

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Title: Gabe Rabin, ANU
"Toward a Theory of Concept Mastery"

Concepts are the basic units of thought. The thought OSTRICHES LIKE  
CHOCOLATE is composed of the concepts OSTRICHES, LIKE, and CHOCOLATE. An  
agent possesses a concept when he or she can think thoughts of which the  
concept is a component. An agent has mastery of a concept when he or she  
fully understands that concept. One can possess a concept without having  
mastery. Many people use technical concepts that have worked their way into  
public consciousness without fully understanding them (examples include  
theory of concept mastery must answer the following question: "Under what  
conditions does an agent have mastery of a concept?" This is the question I  
hope to answer, at least in part, in this talk. I argue against three views  
of concept mastery, according to which concept mastery is a matter of  
holding certain beliefs, being disposed to make certain inferences, or  
having certain intuitions. None of these attitudes is either necessary or  
sufficient for concept mastery. I propose and respond to objections to my  
own ``meaning postulate view'' of the conditions under which a thinker has  
concept mastery, according to which mastery of a concept is a matter of  
taking certain core rules to govern the use of the concept.
When: Wed 30 Jul 2014 15:30 - 17:00 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Muniment Room, Main Quad, University of Sydney
Calendar: Seminars
     * Dalia Nassar- creator

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