Eliminating the “concept” concept


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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Commentary On: Machery [Book Review, BBS 33(2/3), 2010]
ISSNs: 0140-525X (print)
Keywords: concepts, categories, prototypes, symbol grounding
Organisations: Web & Internet Science
ePrint ID: 271346
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2010Accepted/In Press
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2010 17:43
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2017 09:11
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/271346

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