Filozofia 76 (1):3-17 (2021)

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Pavol Labuda
Catholic University In Ruzomberok, Slovakia
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The aim of the paper is to examine whether conceptual relativism is a prerequi-site for conceptual engineering (and if so, then to what extent). In the first part of the paper, I explore and classify varieties of relativism to prepare a distinctive definition of conceptual relativism. In the second part I analyse conceptual relativism and I consequently propose two different readings of conceptual scheme: (i) conceptual scheme as a monolithic, timeless, and determinate systems of meanings, and (ii) conceptual scheme as a system of relatively stable meanings, that is based on agreement and is open to change over time. In the third part of the paper, I show that of those two readings only the second reading of conceptual scheme fits into the practice of conceptual engineering.
Keywords conceptual engineering  conceptual relativism  conceptual schemes  concepts  metaphilosophy  conceptual analysis  meaning change
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