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The Demise of Definitions, Part II: The Philosopher'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/10.1093/0198236360.003.0004

Series: Oxford Cognitive Science Series

The Demise of Definitions, Part II: The Philosopher's Tale

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A consideration of `philosophical’ evidence, the view that typical concepts are complex. Connections with questions about analyticity and learnability. The alternative view (`conceptual atomism’)‐that typical concepts are primitives‐is introduced and defended. The importance of distinguishing the semantic issues about conceptual atomism from the epistemological ones.

Keywords: analyticity; concepts; conceptual atomism; learnability

Chapter.  8511 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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