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Innateness and Ontology, Part II: Natural Kind Concepts

Jerry A. Fodor

in Concepts

Published in print February 1998 | ISBN: 9780198236368
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597404 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198236360.003.0007

Series: Oxford Cognitive Science Series

Innateness and Ontology, Part II: Natural Kind Concepts

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Natural kind properties are not mind dependent. So why are concepts such as WATER, GIRAFFE, etc. acquired from their instances? Critical discussion of the view that concepts of natural kinds are the models on which psychological theories of concepts should be constructed.

Keywords: concepts; innateness; natural kinds

Chapter.  8934 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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