The Journal of Philosophy

Volume 120, Issue 7, July 2023

Matti EklundOrcid-ID
Pages 392-398

Schmoughts for Naught? Reply to Vermaire

In his article "Against Schmought" (The Journal of Philosophy, CXVIII 2021), Matthew Vermaire discusses the central problems I focus on in my book Choosing Normative Concepts (2017). Vermaire defends an attempted solution, or dissolution, of these problems. While there is much in Vermaire’s discussion to admire, I do not think Vermaire’s solution works, and here I explain why. Key to my response is the distinction between employing a concept and reasoning about the concept.