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Doing without Concepts

Edouard Machery


Over recent years, the psychology of concepts has been rejuvenated by new work on prototypes, inventive ideas on causal cognition, the development of neo-empiricist theories of concepts, and the inputs of the budding neuropsychology of concepts. But our empirical knowledge about concepts has yet to be organized in a coherent framework. This book argues that the dominant psychological theories of concepts fail to provide such a framework and that drastic conceptual changes are required to make sense of the research on concepts in psychology and neuropsychology. The book shows that the class of ... More

Keywords: prototypes, exemplars, theories, empiricism, categorization, induction, concept composition, eliminativism, natural kinds, philosophy of psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195306880
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306880.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edouard Machery, author
University of Pittsburgh
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