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Philosophical Introduction: The Background Theory

Jerry A. Fodor

in Concepts

Published in print February 1998 | ISBN: 9780198236368
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597404 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198236360.003.0001

Series: Oxford Cognitive Science Series

Philosophical Introduction: The Background Theory

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Concepts as central theoretical constructs in cognitive science. Theories of concepts and theories of concept possession. Representational. The place of concepts in `representational theories of mind’. Basic assumptions of the discussion to follow: Psychological explanations are typically nomic; mental representations are the primitive bearers of intentional content; concepts are the constituents of propositional attitudes like beliefs and desires; thinking is computing; meaning is information; concepts are the typical proximal causes of behavior. Concepts as `Modes of Presentation of objects and properties’.

Keywords: cognitive science; concept possession; concepts; content; intentionality; propositional attitudes; psychological explanation; representation; thinking

Chapter.  10388 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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