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Where do concepts come from?

Denis Mareschal, Paul C. Quinn and Stephen E. G. Lea

in The Making of Human Concepts

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199549221
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191724152 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549221.003.01
Where do concepts come from?

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This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the purpose of the book, which addresses the question of where adult human concepts come from. This question clearly has two dimensions. One side of the question is to ask what the evolutionary antecedents of human concepts are. The other side is to ask how adult concepts emerge during child development. These two interrelated questions are held together by the same debates in the comparative and developmental literature. Moreover, investigators often face the same or similar difficulties in trying to assess the concepts available to other species and young humans because of the research participants' lack of verbal ability. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords: adult human concepts; child development; comparative literature; developmental literature

Chapter.  3678 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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