Concepts: Core Readings / Edition 1

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Overview

Concepts: Core Readings traces the develoment of one of the most active areas of investigation in cognitive science. This comprehensive volume brings together the essential background readings from philosophy, psychology, and linguistics,while providing a broad sampling of contemporary research. The first part of the book centers around the fall of the Classical Theory of Concepts in the face of attacks by W.V.O. Quine, LudwigWittgenstein, Eleanor Rosch, and others, emphasizing the emergence and development of the PrototypeTheory and the controversies it spurred. The second part surveys a broad range of contemporary theories — Neoclassical Theories, the Prototype Theory, the Theory-Theory, and ConceptualAtomism.

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"This volume has all the great papers on concepts, with invaluablecommentary by the editors. The profound and fascinating essays in thecollection are indispensable for anyone interested in the human mind." Steven Pinker, Professor and Director, Center forCognitiveNeuroscience, MIT, and author of The Language Instinct and How the Mind Works
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This volume has all the great papers on concepts, with invaluable commentary by the editors. The profound and fascinating essays in the collection are indispensable for anyone interested in the human mind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262631938
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/1999
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 712
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Margolis is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia.

Stephen Laurence is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Concepts and Cognitive Science 3
Pt. I Origins of the Contemporary Study of Concepts 83
The Classical Theory 85
Ch. 2 Euthyphro 87
Ch. 3 The Process of Concept Attainment 101
Ch. 4 On the General Character of Semantic Theory 125
Philosophical Skepticism about the Classical Theory 151
Ch. 5 Two Dogmas of Empiricism 153
Ch. 6 Philosophical Investigations, sections 65-78 171
The Probabilistic Turn: Stereotypes, Prototypes, Exemplars 175
Ch. 7 Is Semantics Possible? 177
Ch. 8 Principles of Categorization 189
Ch. 9 The Exemplar View 207
Critical Reactions to the Probabilistic Turn 223
Ch. 10 What Some Concepts Might Not Be 225
Ch. 11 On the Adequacy of Prototype Theory as a Theory of Concepts 261
Ch. 12 Concepts and Stereotypes 279
Pt. II Current Theories and Research 301
Neoclassical Theories 303
Ch. 13 What Is a Concept, That a Person May Grasp It? 305
Ch. 14 Precis of A Study of Concepts 335
Ch. 15 Resisting Primitive Compulsions 339
Ch. 16 Can Possession Conditions Individuate Concepts? 345
Rethinking Prototypes 353
Ch. 17 Combining Prototypes: A Selective Modification Model 355
Ch. 18 Cognitive Models and Prototype Theory 391
The Theory-Theory 423
Ch. 19 The Role of Theories in Conceptual Coherence 425
Ch. 20 Knowledge Acquisition: Enrichment or Conceptual Change? 459
Conceptual Atomism 489
Ch. 21 Against Definitions 491
Ch. 22 Information and Representation 513
Ch. 23 A Common Structure for Concepts of Individuals, Stuffs and Real Kinds: More Mama, More Milk, and More Mouse 525
Ch. 24 How to Acquire a Concept 549
Concept Possession in Infants and Children 569
Ch. 25 The Object Concept Revisited: New Directions in the Investigation of Infants' Physical Knowledge 571
Ch. 26 Insides and Essences: Early Understandings of the Non-Obvious 613
Index 639
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