New Perspectives on Concepts

New Perspectives on Concepts

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Much recent work on concepts has been inspired by and developed within the bounds of the representational theory of the mind often taken for granted by philosophers of mind, cognitive scientists, and psychologists alike. The contributions to this volume take a more encompassing perspective on the issue of concepts. Rather than modelling details of our representational architecture in line with the dominant paradigm, they explore three traditional issues concerning concepts. Is mastery of a language necessary for thought? Do concepts reduce to abilities? Is the analysis of concepts a viable means to ascertain truths from the proverbial armchair? An introductory essay provides a rough geography of key ideas and issues shaping the overall debate on concepts within contemporary philosophy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 257 pages
  • 150 x 220 x 15.49mm | 442g
  • Editions Rodopi B.V.
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • 9042030186
  • 9789042030183
  • 3,567,942

Table of contents

Christian Nimtz and Julia Langkau: Concepts in Philosophy-A Rough Geography
Robert Brandom: Conceptual Content and Discursive Practice
Jose Luis Bermudez: Two Arguments for the Language-Dependence of Thought
Martine Nida-Rumelin: Thinking without Language. A Phenomenological Argument for its Possibility and Existence
Hannes Rakoczy: From Thought to Language to Thought: Towards a Dialectical Picture of the Development of Thinking and Speaking
Anthony Kenny: Concepts, Brains, and Behaviour
Hans-Johann Glock: Concepts, Abilities, and Propositions
Sebastian Roedl: The Self-Conscious Power of Sensory Knowledge
Katia Saporiti: In Search of Concepts
Frank Jackson: Conceptual Analysis for Representationalists
Christian Nimtz: Philosophical Thought Experiments as Exercises in Conceptual Analysis
Finn Spicer: Kripke and the Neo-Descriptivist
Mark Textor: Frege on Conceptual and Propositional Analysis
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