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In search of concepts


Saporiti, Katia (2010). In search of concepts. In: Langkau, J; Nimtz, C. New perspectives on concepts. Amsterdam, NL: Rodopi, 153-172.

Abstract

After some general remarks about the contemporary debate on concepts and about the justification of the so-called definition question, I try to participate in this debate by criticizing what I take to be an instructive approach to concepts and concept possession, viz. Hans-Johann Glock's proposal to view concepts as rules or principles rather than abilities. I address his attempt to distinguish between sorting and classifying, his objections to the idea that concepts are abilities and his contention that thoughts and concepts are to be regarded as the content of thinking. I advocate a deflationary approach to concepts and try to raise doubts about the claim that thoughts have a language-independent structure.

Abstract

After some general remarks about the contemporary debate on concepts and about the justification of the so-called definition question, I try to participate in this debate by criticizing what I take to be an instructive approach to concepts and concept possession, viz. Hans-Johann Glock's proposal to view concepts as rules or principles rather than abilities. I address his attempt to distinguish between sorting and classifying, his objections to the idea that concepts are abilities and his contention that thoughts and concepts are to be regarded as the content of thinking. I advocate a deflationary approach to concepts and try to raise doubts about the claim that thoughts have a language-independent structure.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:08 Feb 2011 18:40
Last Modified:14 Sep 2016 13:44
Publisher:Rodopi
Series Name:Grazer Philosophische Studien
Number:81
ISSN:0165-9227
ISBN:978-90-420-3018-3
Additional Information:978-90-420-3018-3 (ebook)
Official URL:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/rodopi/gps/2010/00000081/00000001/art00010
Related URLs:http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?BookId=GPS+81 (Publisher)
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