Organon F

Volume 30, May 2023, Issue 2, Pages 153–159

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Discussion Note | Special issue on Author Meets Critics Symposium: Discussion on The Relevance of Models

Conceptual Concretization

Theo A. F. Kuipers


Leszek Nowak is rightly known as the pioneer of empirical concretization. As Giacomo Borbone notes, there is also a kind of conceptual concretization. This specific form of concept explication is illustrated by two transitions: from Bayesian conditionalization to Jeffrey conditionalization and from 'the straight rule' of learning from experience to Carnap's continuum of inductive methods. The paper closes with a schematic list of checkpoints for conceptual concretization in two rounds.


Carnapian learning from experience; concept explication; concretization; Jeffrey conditionalization; idealization; Leszek Nowak; Poznań School of Methodology; schematic recipe for explication.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)


Theo A. F. Kuipers


University of Groningen


Faculty of Philosophy, Oude Boteringestraat 52, 9712 GL Groningen, Netherlands


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5 January 2023


5 February 2023


Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

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Kuipers, T. A. F. (2023). Conceptual Concretization. Organon F30(2), 153–159.


Kuipers, Theo A. F. 2023. "Conceptual Concretization." Organon F 30 (2): 153–159.


Kuipers, T. A. F. (2023). Conceptual Concretization. Organon F, 30(2), pp. 153–159.

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