Conceptual Spaces: The Geometry of Thought

Conceptual Spaces: The Geometry of Thought

by Peter Gardenfors


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ISBN-13: 9780262071994
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 03/20/2000
Series: Bradford Books Series
Pages: 317
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Peter Gärdenfors is Professor of Cognitive Science at Lund University, Sweden. He is the author of Conceptual Spaces: The Geometry of Thought (MIT Press) and other books.

Table of Contents

1 Dimensions
1.1 The Problem of Modeling Representations
1.2 Conceptual Spaces as a Framework for Representations
1.3 Quality Dimensions
1.4 Phenomenal and Scientific Interpretations of Dimensions
1.5 Three Sensory Examples: Color, Sound, and Taste
1.6 Some Mathematical Notions
1.7 How Dimensions Are Identified
1.8 Integral and Separable Dimensions
1.9 On the Origins of Quality Dimensions
1.10 Conclusion
2 Symbolic, Conceptual, and Subconceptual
2.1 An Analogy for the Three Kinds of Representations
2.2 Symbolic Representations
2.3 Subconceptual Representations
2.4 Conceptual Representations
2.5 Connections to Neuroscience
2.6 Comparisons
2.7 The Jungle of Representations
3 Properties
3.1 Program
3.2 Properties in Intensional Semantics
3.3 Criticism of the Traditional View of Properties
3.4 Criteria for Natural Regions of Conceptual Spaces
3.5 Natural Properties
3.6 Reconsidering the Problems
3.7 The Relativism of Conceptual Spaces
3.8 Connections to Prototype Theory
3.9 Voronoi Tessellations of a Space
3.10 Higher Level Properties and Relations
3.11 Conclusion
4 Concepts
4.1 Concepts versus Properties
4.2 Modeling Concepts
4.3 The Role of Similarity in Concept Formation
4.4 Combining Concepts
4.5 Learning Concepts
4.6 Nonmonotonic Aspects of Concepts
4.7 Concept Dynamics and Nonmonotonic Reasoning
4.8 Objects as Special Kinds of Concepts
4.9 Four Geometric Categorization Models
4.10 The Shell Space
4.11 Experiments
5 Semantics
5.1 What Is a Semantics?
5.2 Six Tenets of Cognitive Semantics
5.3 Analysis of Some Aspects ofLexical Semantics
5.4 An Analysis of Metaphors
5.5 The Learnability Question
5.6 Communicating Referents
5.7 Can Meanings Be in the Head?
5.8 Conclusion: The Semantic Program
6 Induction
6.1 Three Levels of Induction
6.2 The Symbolic Level
6.3 The Conceptual Level
6.4 The Role of Theoretical Concepts
6.5 The Subconceptual Level
6.6 Correlations between Domains
6.7 Conclusion: What Is Induction?
7 Computational Aspects
7.1 Computational Strategies on the Three Levels
7.2 Conceptual Spaces as Emergent Systems
7.3 Smolensky's Treatment of Connectionism
7.4 Not All Computation Is Done by Turing Machines
7.5 A System for Object Recognition
7.6 Conclusion
8 In Chase of Space
8.1 What Has Been Achieved?
8.2 Connections among Levels
8.3 Conclusion: The Need for a New Methodology
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This is a fearless book that casts a wide net around key issues in cognitive science. It offers the kind of coherent, unified view that the field badly needs.

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