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Prototypes and Compositionality <sup>1</sup>

Jerry A. Fodor

in Concepts

Published in print February 1998 | ISBN: 9780198236368
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597404 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198236360.003.0005

Series: Oxford Cognitive Science Series

Prototypes and Compositionality 1

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A consideration of the view, widely held in cognitive science, that typical concepts are complex statistical structures (`bundles of subjective probabilities’). The crucial difficulty: since probabilities don’t compose, the productivity and systematicity of conceptual systems is inexplicable. The `pet fish’ problem and its variants. The `theory theory’ about concept possession.

Keywords: compositionality; concept possession; concepts; meaning postulates; prototypes; subjective probability; theory theory

Chapter.  14111 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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