Doing without Concepts. Edouard Machery. Abstract. Over recent years, the psychology of concepts has been rejuvenated by new work on prototypes, inventive. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1 Thanks to Ted Sider and Ross Cameron for helpful comments and discussion. Doing Without Concepts. By Edouard Machery . Edouard Machery. Doing without Concepts. Oxford: Oxford University Press . pages. $ (cloth ISBN –0–19––0). The title is apt to.

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Classical, Early, and Medieval Poetry and Poets: Edouard MacheryPh. As such, psychologists and philosophers are engaging in different projects when they talk about concepts, and Machery reviews some cases in which this has caused confusion. Review of Machery, ‘Doing Without Concepts’.

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Keeping this notion would witohut down, and maybe prevent, the development of a more adequate classification and would overshadow the theoretical and empirical issues that are raised by this more adequate classification.

Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: This article has no associated abstract. Without some kind of serious answer to this question and an account of conceptual stability, it’s, again, hard to see how psychologists could sustain their explanations.


The Theory Paradigm of Concepts 5. Hugo Mercier – – Biology and Philosophy 25 2: Replies to My Critics. Rather than inviting us to abandon the notion of concept, perhaps this variability is simply a reason to abandon an epistemic conception of it. Experience and History David Carr.


Doing without Concepts

Sign in to use this feature. Certainly, much of the psychological work he reviews explicitly addresses the nature of “concepts”. No keywords specified fix it. Whether or cobcepts you agree with Machery’s scientific eliminativism, the main takeaway from his book concepst that “concept” is not a very good “natural kind” even if it may remain a useful class of natural kinds.

After reviewing the psychological literature on concepts, Machery proposes that by “concept” eoing usually mean something like this:. Civil War American History: Gualtiero Piccinini – – Dialogue 50 1: A concept of x is a body of knowledge about x that is stored in long-term memory and that is used by default in the processes underlying most, if not all, higher cognitive competencies when these processes result in judgments about x.

I venture to say that it is this variability that Machery is noticing in his emphasis upon heterogeneity. Philosophical Quarterly 61 From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy dx.

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Glymour – – Mind The Prototype Paradigm of Concepts 3. This is a piece of the hard problem of “intentionality” that Brentano brought to modern attention, doint problem that, as these things go, has standardly fallen to philosophy to discuss.

If these different concerns can be coherently related as means and ends, however, why shouldn’t that be a reason to hang on to the notion of concept, and just find words to mark the difference? 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.


Find it on Scholar. Science Logic and Mathematics. He does think that “prototypes, exemplars, and theories are among the ‘fundamental’ kinds of concepts,” in that they subsume strategies across domains, but argues donig “there is no evidence that the notion of concept underwrites non-trivial scientific generalizations,” and that therefore the term “ought to be eliminated from psychology” pp.

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This book argues that the dominant psychological theories of concepts fail to provide such a framework and that drastic conceptual changes are required to make sense of the research on concepts in psychology and neuropsychology. How to Cut a Concept? Moreover, the significance of externalist proposals is not that thinkers’ deployment of concepts is always externally grounded, but only that this happens a lot and is surely a serious possibility. Machery offers a masterful, up-to-the-minute, polemical tour or recent work on learning, induction, and categorization.

Scientific eliminativism The first seven chapters provide the evidence for Machery’s first four claims. Doing Without Concepts — Edouard Machery. Concepts in Psychology 1. Examples of Multi-Process Theories Chapter 6. Natural Kinds and Scientific Eliminativism 3. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Andrew Woodfield – – Analysis 70 1: