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The Demise of Definitions, Part I: The Linguist's Tale

Jerry A. Fodor

in Concepts

Published in print February 1998 | ISBN: 9780198236368
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597404 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198236360.003.0003

Series: Oxford Cognitive Science Series

The Demise of Definitions, Part I: The Linguist's Tale

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A consideration of `linguistic’ evidence for and against the view that typical concepts of `middle‐sized’ objects (DOG, CHAIR, UNCLE, DOORKNOB) are complex definitional constructions out of more primitive concepts. Critical analysis of arguments by Ray Jackendoff, Steven Pinker, and others.

Keywords: concepts; definitions; Jackendoff; Pinker

Chapter.  13196 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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