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Doing without concepts

Author: Edouard Machery
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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In this work, Edouard Machery argues that the dominant psychological theories of concepts fail to provide a framework and that drastic conceptual changes are required to make sense of the research on concepts in psychology and neuropsychology.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Machery, Edouard.
Doing without concepts.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2009
(DLC) 2008020448
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Edouard Machery
ISBN: 0199719195 9780199719198 9780195306880 0195306880 1281998443 9781281998446 9780199867950 019986795X
OCLC Number: 316007252
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 283 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Concepts in psychology. "Concept" in psychology ; Evidence for the existence of concepts ; What is a psychological theory of concepts? ; Alternative characterizations of the notion of concept ; Conclusion --
Concepts in philosophy. "Concept" in philosophy ; Concepts in philosophy versus concepts in psychology ; How are the psychological and the philosophical theories of concepts connected? Peacocke's simple account ; How are the psychological and the philosophical theories of concepts connected? The foundationalist account ; Conclusion --
The heterogeneity hypothesis. The received view ; The heterogeneity hypothesis ; Hybrid theories of concepts ; Conclusion --
Three fundamental kinds of concepts: prototypes, exemplars, theories. The classical theory of concepts ; The prototype paradigm of concepts ; The exemplar paradigm of concepts ; The theory paradigm of concepts ; Alternative views of concepts ; Three theoretical entities that have little in common ; Conclusion --
Multi-process theories. Multi-process theories ; Examples of multi-process theories ; Conclusion --
Categorization and concept learning. Categorization and concept learning ; Studying categorization and concept learning ; Evidence for the existence of prototypes ; Evidence for the existence of exemplars ; Evidence for the existence of theories ; Organization of the categorization processes and of the concept-learning processes ; Conclusion --
Induction, concept combination, and neuropsychology. Induction ; Concept combination ; Neuropsychology ; Conclusion --
Concept eliminativism. Two inconclusive arguments against the notion of concept ; Natural kinds and scientific eliminativism ; The argument for the elimination of "concept" ; Objections and replies ; Conclusion.
Responsibility: Edouard Machery.

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In this work, Edouard Machery argues that the dominant psychological theories of concepts fail to provide a framework and that drastic conceptual changes are required to make sense of the research on concepts in psychology and neuropsychology.

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