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Eliminating the “concept” concept

Eliminating the “concept” concept
Eliminating the “concept” concept
Machery 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.
concepts, categories, prototypes, symbol grounding
0140-525X
Harnad, Stevan
442ee520-71a1-4283-8e01-106693487d8b
Harnad, Stevan
442ee520-71a1-4283-8e01-106693487d8b

Harnad, Stevan (2010) Eliminating the “concept” concept Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33, (2/3)

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Machery 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: 2010
Additional Information: Commentary On: Machery [Book Review, BBS 33(2/3), 2010]
Keywords: concepts, categories, prototypes, symbol grounding
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 271346
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/271346
ISSN: 0140-525X
PURE UUID: 5340232c-2421-4c23-8208-d63afe2411a3

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Date deposited: 05 Jul 2010 17:43
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 06:44

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Author: Stevan Harnad

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