The Philosophical Chimera of Conceptual Analysis
Now I firmly believe that “conceptual analysis,” taken as a search for necessary and sufficient conditions for the application of terms, or as a search for criteria for application by reference to which a term has the meaning it has, is a confused program, a philosophical chimera, a squaring of the circle, the misconceived child of a mistaken view of the nature of language and thought.
– Ruth Garrett Millikan, 1989
I’m with Millikan. Disappointing that the chimera still haunts philosophy.