Conceptual Role Semantics, the Theory Theory, and Conceptual Change

Brigandt, Ingo (2004) Conceptual Role Semantics, the Theory Theory, and Conceptual Change. [Conference Paper] (Unpublished)

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The purpose of the paper is twofold. I first outline a philosophical theory of concepts based on conceptual role semantics. This approach is explicitly intended as a framework for the study and explanation of conceptual change in science. Then I point to the close similarities between this philosophical framework and the theory theory of concepts, suggesting that a convergence between psychological and philosophical approaches to concepts is possible. An underlying theme is to stress that using a non-atomist account of concepts is crucial for the successful study of conceptual development and change—both for the explanation of individual cognitive development and for the study of conceptual change in science.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:conceptual change, conceptual role semantics, theory theory of concepts
Subjects:Philosophy > Philosophy of Language
Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Science
ID Code:3576
Deposited By:Brigandt, Ingo
Deposited On:28 Apr 2004
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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