The Conceptual Mind: New Directions in the Study of Concepts

2016.05.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Eric Margolis and Stephen Laurence (eds.), The Conceptual Mind: New Directions in the Study of Concepts, MIT Press, 2015, 714pp.,
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2016.05.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Eric Margolis and Stephen Laurence (eds.), The Conceptual Mind: New Directions in the Study of Concepts, MIT Press, 2015, 714pp., $58.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780262028639. Reviewed by James Genone, The Minerva Schools at KGI It is difficult to think of a foundational scientific concept about which there is more controversy among experts than the concept of a concept. Concepts, after all, are supposedly the primary units of knowledge -- the basic materials, it is often said, out of which thoughts are built. How is it, then, that experts about thought and knowledge could have such fundamental disagreements about the very subject matter of their investigations? Some might claim that this odd situation results from the fact that the concept of a concept is not really scientific (or that the study of thought and knowledge is not a really science), but this would be both unhelpful and misleading. As explanatory posits. . .

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