Journal article

Why be an anti-individualist?

Laura Schroeter

PHILOSOPHY AND PHENOMENOLOGICAL RESEARCH | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2008

Abstract

Anti-individualists claim that concepts are individuated with an eye to purely external facts about a subject's environment about which she may be ignorant or mistaken. This paper offers a novel reason for thinking that anti-individualistic concepts are an ineliminable part of commonsense psychology. Our commitment to anti-individualism, I argue, is ultimately grounded in a rational epistemic agent's commitment to refining her own representational practices in the light of new and surprising information about her environment. Since anti-individualism is an implicit part of responsible epistemic practices, we cannot abandon it without compromising our own epistemic agency. The story I tell ab..

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