Matthieu Queloz - "The Point of Pragmatic Genealogy"
Abstract: Assuming that one is interested in the points our concepts now serve, why would one bother with genealogy? Is it not more expedient to go directly to paradigm cases of our actual conceptual practices? In this talk, I offer two rationales for pragmatic genealogy. The first is that some conceptual practices exhibit what I call self-effacing functionality. The second is that some conceptual practices are so historically influenced that they lack a paradigm case or an obvious connection to generic human needs. In light of these two types of complication, I argue, pragmatic genealogy earns its place in our methodological repertoire.