Concepts: The Very Idea


Harnad, Stevan (2009) Concepts: The Very Idea. In, Canadian Philosophical Association Symposium on Machery on Doing without Concepts, Carleton University,

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Machery (2009) suggests that the concept of “concept” is too heterogeneous to serve as a “natural kind” for scientific explanation, so cognitive science should do without concepts. I second the suggestion, and propose substituting, in place of concepts, inborn and acquired sensorimotor category-detectors and category-names combined into propositions that define and describe further categories.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Commentary On: Machery, Edouard (2009) Doing Without Concepts. Oxford. Event Dates: May 27
Keywords: concepts, categories, cognition, natural kinds, Machery, representations, symbol grounding
Divisions: Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Web & Internet Science
ePrint ID: 268029
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2009 13:50
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:14
Contact Email Address: harnad@ecs.soton.ac.uk
Further Information:Google Scholar
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/268029

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