1st Edition

The Nature of Concepts Evolution, Structure and Representation

Edited By Philip Van Loocke Copyright 1999
    266 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Nature of Concepts examines a central issue for all the main disciplines in cognitive science: how the human mind creates and passes on to other human minds a concept. An excellent cross-disciplinary collection with contributors including Steven Pinker, Andy Clarke and Henry Plotkin.

    Introduction: the structure and representation of concepts 1 The nature of human concepts: evidence from an unusual source 2The modularity of language: some empirical considerations 3 The perspective of situated and self-organizing cognition in cognitive psychology 4 Complex systems methods in cognitive systems and there presentation of environmental information 5 Some psychological mechanisms of culture 6 Neural expectations: a possible evolutionary path from manual skills to language 7 Is “mind” a scientific kind? 8 Evolution and self-evidence 9 The development of scientific concepts and their embodiment in the representational activities of cognitive systems: neural representation spaces, theory spaces, and paradigmatic shifts 10 The concept of disease: structure and change


    Philip Van Loocke is a Senior Research Associate of the Fund for Scientific Research (Flanders/Belgium) and Visiting Professor in Epistemology at the University of Ghent, Belgium.