A philosophical problem has the form: ‘I don’t know my way about’ (Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations §123).

Gilbert Ryle begins his 1949 book, The Concept of Mind, with a metaphor: “many people can talk sense with concepts,” he writes, “but cannot talk sense about them; they know by practice how to operate with concepts, anyhow inside familiar fields, but they cannot state the logical regulations governing their use. They are like people who know their way about their own parish, but cannot construct or read a map of it, much less a map of the region or continent in which their…


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