Concepts: Where Cognitive Science Went Wrong

Concepts: Where Cognitive Science Went Wrong

by Jerry A. Fodor
     
 

In this hard-hitting, accessibly written book, Fodor suggests that the heart of cognitive science is its theory of concepts, and that cognitive scientists have gone badly wrong in many areas because their assumptions about concepts have been mistaken.See more details below

Overview

In this hard-hitting, accessibly written book, Fodor suggests that the heart of cognitive science is its theory of concepts, and that cognitive scientists have gone badly wrong in many areas because their assumptions about concepts have been mistaken.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198236375
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/09/1998
Series:
Oxford Cognitive Science Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and typographical conventions
1Philosophical Introduction: The Background Theory1
2Unphilosophical Introduction: What Concepts Have To Be23
3The Demise of Definitions, Part I: The Linguist's Tale40
4The Demise of Definitions, Part II: The Philosopher's Tale69
5Prototypes and Compositionality88
App. 5AMeaning Postulates108
App. 5BThe 'Theory Theory' of Concepts112
6Innateness and Ontology, Part I: The Standard Argument120
App. 6ASimilarity144
7Innateness and Ontology, Part II: Natural Kind Concepts146
App. 7ARound Squares163
Bibliography167
Author index173

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