Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volume 50, number 148, abril 2018
Fully Understanding Concept Possession
[Comprensión completa en la posesión de conceptos]
Víctor M. Verdejo
Logos Research Group
Barcelona Institute of Analytic Philosophy (BIAP)
University of Barcelona

vmverdejo@gmail.com

Abstract: Can subjects genuinely possess concepts they do not understand fully? A simple argument can show that, on the assumption that possession conditions are taken to fully individuate concepts, this question must be answered in the negative. In this paper, I examine this negative answer as possibly articulated within Christopher Peacocke’s seminal theory. I then discuss four central lines of attack to the view that possession of concepts requires full understanding. I conclude that theorists should acknowledge the existence of indefinitely many cases of genuine concept possession for partially understood concepts and therefore face the determination challenge, namely, the challenge of fully determining concept individuation from concept possession conditions of partially understood concepts.
Keywords: partial understanding, concept individuation, implicit conceptions, anti-individualism, determination challenge

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