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Concepts in psychology and neuropsychology Machery shows that the class of concepts divides into several distinct kinds that have little in common with one another and that for this very reason it is a mistake to attempt to encompass all known phenomena within a single theory of concepts In brief concepts are not a natural kind Machery concludes that the theoretical notion of concept should be eliminated from the theoretical apparatus of contemporary psychology and should be replaced with theoretical notions that are appropriate for fulfil. Psychological research on concepts assumes that concepts are a monolithic type of psychological entity dealt with by a single type of psychological pro

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Doing without Concepts

Over recent years the psychology of concepts has been rejuvenated by new work on prototypes inventive ideas on causal cognition the development of neo empiricist theories of concepts and the inputs of the budding neuropsychology of concepts But our empirical knowledge about concepts has yet to be organized in a coherent frameworkIn Doing without Concepts Edouard Machery argues that the dominant psychological theories of concepts fail to provide such a framework and that drastic conceptual changes are reuired to make sense of the research on. A meticulously constructed argument for a surprising thesis the notion of concept refers in the context of psychology philosophers mean something diffe

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Ling psychologists' goals The notion of concept has encouraged psychologists to believe that a single theory of concepts could be developed leading to useless theoretical controversies between the dominant paradigms of concepts Keeping this notion would slow down and maybe prevent the development of a adeuate classification and would overshadow the theoretical and empirical issues that are raised by this adeuate classification Anyone interested in cognitive science's emerging view of the mind will find Machery's provocative ideas of interes. In this important work Machery advances the Heterogeneity Hypothesis which states that processes that produce concepts are distinct that they share lit


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    A meticulously constructed argument for a surprising thesis the notion of concept refers in the context of psychology phi

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    Psychological research on concepts assumes that concepts are a monolithic type of psychological entity dealt with by a single type of psychological process Against this Machery argues that there are at least 3 dis

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    In this important work Machery advances the Heterogeneity Hypothesis which states that processes that produce concepts are distinct that they share little in commonAt least three different kinds of concepts exist in your cognitive architecturePrototypes are bodies of statistical knowledge about a category a substance a type of ev

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    we shall constantly be giving prominence to distinctions which our ordinary forms of language easily make us overlook This may make it look as if we saw it as our task to reform languageBut We don’t want to refine or complete the system of rules for the use of our words in unheard of ways L Wittgenstein Philosophical Investigations §§132 33Machery on the other hand thinks it's perfectly fine to be reforming ordinary language