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Unphilosophical Introduction: What Concepts Have to Be

Jerry A. Fodor

in Concepts

Published in print February 1998 | ISBN: 9780198236368
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597404 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198236360.003.0002

Series: Oxford Cognitive Science Series

Unphilosophical Introduction: What Concepts Have to Be

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Adequacy conditions on a theory of concepts: Concepts are mental particulars; they function as perceptual and cognitive categories; they are compositional; many of them are learned; they are typically public (i.e. shared by many minds). Satisfying the publicity condition presupposes a notion of conceptual identity (mere similarity won’t do).

Keywords: compositionality; concepts; identity; mental particulars; publicity

Chapter.  7857 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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