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Shifting Concepts: The Philosophy and Psychology of Conceptual Variability

Teresa Marques and Åsa Wikforss


Concepts stand at the centre of human cognition. We use concepts in categorizing objects and events in the world, in reasoning and action, and in social interaction. It is therefore not surprising that the study of concepts constitutes a central area of research in philosophy and psychology. Since the 1970s, psychologists have carried out intriguing experiments testing the role of concepts in categorizing and reasoning, and have found a great deal of variation in categorization behaviour across individuals and cultures. During the same period, philosophers of language and mind did important wo ... More

Keywords: word meaning, communication, concepts, conceptual variation, meaning change, categories, conceptual amelioration

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198803331
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198803331.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Teresa Marques, editor
Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department, University of Barcelona

Åsa Wikforss, editor
Professor of Theoretical Philosophy, Stockholm University

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Teresa Marques and Åsa Wikforss

Part I How Concepts Shift: Variation Across Individuals, Times, and Contexts

1 Mapping Thoughts to Words

Barbara C. Malt

5 Colour Categories in Context

Yasmina Jraissati

7 Variation in Natural Kind Concepts

Daniel Cohnitz and Jussi Haukioja

Part II To Shift A Concept: Conceptual Revolution, Amelioration, and Perversion

8 Conceptual Revolution

Joshua Glasgow

9 The Folk Concept of Race

Edouard Machery and Luc Faucher

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