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Concepts: The Very Idea

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

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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.

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Accepted/In Press date: May 2009
Additional Information: Commentary On: Machery, Edouard (2009) Doing Without Concepts. Oxford. Event Dates: May 27
Venue - Dates: Canadian Philosophical Association Symposium on Machery on Doing without Concepts, 2009-05-27
Keywords: concepts, categories, cognition, natural kinds, Machery, representations, symbol grounding
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


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PURE UUID: e7992266-980e-48bf-900d-07b38882856b

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Date deposited: 07 Oct 2009 13:50
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 06:57

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Author: Stevan Harnad

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