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Thick Evaluation

Simon Kirchin


We use evaluative terms and concepts every day, in talk of ethics, aesthetics, politics, and when we discuss common-or-garden issues. We call actions right and wrong, teachers wise and ignorant, and children annoying and angelic. Philosophers place evaluative concepts into two camps. Thin concepts, such as goodness and badness, and rightness and wrongness have evaluative content, but they supposedly have no or hardly any nonevaluative, descriptive content: they supposedly give little or no specific idea about the character of the person or thing described. In contrast, thick concepts such as k ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, descriptive content, ethics, evaluation, thick concepts, thin concepts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198803430
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198803430.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Kirchin, author
Reader in Philosophy, University of Kent