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Practical Tortoise Raisingand other philosophical essays$
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Simon Blackburn

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199548057

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548057.001.0001

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Through Thick and Thin

Through Thick and Thin

(p.129) 7 Through Thick and Thin
Practical Tortoise Raising

Simon Blackburn (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter gives a nuanced account of the phenomena which have led moral theorists to explore so-called ‘thick concepts’. It argues that the phenomena are far more deeply embedded in linguistic practice that usually thought, and do nothing to support the idea of specific kinds of concept.

Keywords:   thick concepts, prosody, intonation, implicatures

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