Explication defended

Studia Logica 86 (2):331 - 341 (2007)
How can formal methods be applied to philosophical problems that involve informal concepts of ordinary language? Carnap answered this question by describing a methodology that he called “explication." Strawson objected that explication changes the subject and does not address the original philosophical problem; this paper shows that Carnap’s response to that objection was inadequate and offers a better response. More recent criticisms of explication by Boniolo and Eagle are shown to rest on misunderstandings of the nature of explication. It is concluded that explication is an appropriate methodology for formal philosophy.
Keywords explication  formal methods  formal philosophy  Carnap
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DOI 10.2307/40210754
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R. Carnap (1956). The Methodological Character of Theoretical Concepts. Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science 1 (1):38--76.

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Sebastian Lutz (2012). On a Straw Man in the Philosophy of Science: A Defense of the Received View. Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 2 (1):77–120.
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