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J. L. Austin, J. O. Urmson, and G. J. Warnock

Print publication date: 1979

Print ISBN-13: 9780192830210

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019283021X.001.0001

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Are There A Priori Concepts? 1

Are There A Priori Concepts? 1

(p.32) 2 Are There A Priori Concepts?1
Philosophical Papers

J. L. Austin

J. O. Urmson

G. J. Warnock

Oxford University Press

Austin discusses the existence, origin, and resemblance of concepts, primarily by discussing the meaning of ‘concept’ and ‘universal’. He argues that, although sometimes it may not be harmful to talk about concepts, we neither understand the meaning of ‘concept’, nor the meaning of ‘acquiring and possessing concepts’, nor a view of concept resemblance as non-sensuous acquaintance or awareness, challenging philosophers who couch their theories in such terms to illuminating them first.

Keywords:   acquaintance, Austin, concept, existence, meaning, resemblance, universal

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