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Lines of Thought: Central Concepts in Cognitive Psychology

Lance Rips


This book addresses how we are able to think about abstract possibilities: How can we think about math, despite the immateriality of numbers, sets, and other mathematical entities? How are we able to think about what might have happened if history had taken a different turn? Questions like these turn up in nearly every part of cognitive science, and they are central to our human position of having only limited knowledge concerning what is or might be true. Because we cannot experience hypothetical or future events or abstract concepts, we cannot use our ordinary sense of perception or memory t ... More

Keywords: abstract concepts, math, cognitive science, future events, perception, memory, numbers, causality, reasons

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195183054
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183054.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lance Rips, author
Northwestern University
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