Concepts: Core Readings / Edition 1 available in Paperback
About the Author
Eric Margolis is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. Margolis and Laurence are coeditors of Concepts: Core Readings (MIT Press).
Stephen Laurence is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. Margolis and Laurence are coeditors of Concepts: Core Readings (MIT Press).
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
1 Concepts and Cognitive Science
Stephen Laurence and Eric Margolis
I Origins of the Contemporary Study of Concepts
The Classical Theory
3 The Process of Concept Attainment
Jerome Bruner, Jacqueline Goodnow, and George Austin
4 On the General Character of Semantic Theory
Philosophical Skepticism about the Classical Theory
5 Two Dogmas of Empiricism
W. V. O. Quine
6 Philosophical Investigations, sections 6578
The Probabilistic Turn: Stereotypes, Prototypes, EXemplars
7 Is Semantics Possible?
8 Principles of Categorization
9 The EXemplar View
Edward Smith and Douglas Medin
Critical Reactions to the Probabilistic Turn
10 What Some Concepts Might Not Be
Sharon Lee Armstrong, Lila R. Gleitman, and Henry Gleitman
11 On the Adequacy of Prototype Theory as a Theory of
Daniel N. Osherson and Edward E. Smith
12 Concepts and Stereotypes
II Current Theories and Research
13 What Is a Concept, That a Person May Grasp It?
14 Précis of A Study of Concepts
15 Resisting Primitive Compulsions
16 Can Possession Conditions Individuate Concepts?
17 Combining Prototypes: A Selective Modification Model
Edward E. Smith, Daniel N. Osherson, Lance J. Rips, and
18 Cognitive Models and Prototype Theory
19 The Role of Theories in Conceptual Coherence
Gregory Murphy and Douglas Medin
20 Knowledge Acquisition: Enrichment or Conceptual Change?
21 Against Definitions
Jerry A. Fodor, Merrill F. Garrett, Edward C. T. Walker, and
Cornelia H. Parkes
22 Information and Representation
23 A Common Structure for Concepts of Individuals, Stuffs
and Real Kinds: More Mama, More Milk, and More Mouse
Ruth Garrett Millikan
24 How to Acquire a Concept
Concept Possesion in Infants and Children
25 The Object Concept Revisited: New Directions in the
Investigation of Infants' Physical Knowledge
26 Insides and Essences: Early Understandings of the
Susan A. Gelman and Henry M. Wellman
What People are Saying About This
The papers in this volume address the key philosophical and psychological issues involved in the nature of concepts and their acquisition. They represent a broad and deep sweep of the field, and should be required reading for any cognitive scientist interested in concepts.
The debate about the nature of concepts has been a central theme in cognitive science for a quarter of a century. This book, with an excellent introduction, ample historical material and wisely chosen cutting-edge papers, provides an unsurpassable overview of the debate. It is the book to use in any sophisticated course on concepts.
The problem with concepts is one of the most important and topical issues in philosophy and psychology. To my knowledgeand to my even greater surpriseMargolis and Laurence's collection is the first exclusively on concepts, not to mention the first that will appeal, by virtue of its outstanding interdisciplinary selections, to philosophers and psychologist. Concepts represents the leading positions on concepts, and its distinguished list of authors include many of the most important thinkers in this field. This is a first-rate anthology.
The debate about the nature of concepts has been a central theme in cognitive science for a quarter of a century. This book, with an excellent introduction, ample historical material and wisely chosen cutting-edge papers, provides an unsurpassable overview of the debate. It is the book to use in any sophisticated course on concepts.Stephen P. Stich, Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Rutgers University
"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
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.
The traditional debate among philosophers and psychologists about the nature of concepts has recently been invigorated by interdisciplinary work in cognitive science. Yet until now, there has not been a book which collects together the most important classic and contemporary work on concepts in all these areas of research. Concepts: Core Readings is the book we have been waiting for. The selection of articles is excellent, and the introductory essay by Laurence and Margolis is the best account available of the current state of research on concepts. This is an absolutely indispensable book for anyone with an interest in concepts.
Eric Margolis and Stephen Laurence have brought together key contributions on concepts from philosophers, psychologist, and linguists and have included an Editors' Introduction that serves as an informative guide to the area. This book provides students and researchers in the cognitive disciplines with the resources that they need in order to tackle the hard questions about concepts.