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Paperback | $55.00 Text | £37.95 | ISBN: 9780262631938 | 557 pp. | 7 x 10 in | June 1999

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Core Readings


Concepts: Core Readings traces the develoment of one of the most active areas of investigation in cognitive science. This comprehensive volume brings together the essential background readings from philosophy, psychology, and linguistics, while providing a broad sampling of contemporary research. The first part of the book centers around the fall of the Classical Theory of Concepts in the face of attacks by W. V. O. Quine, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Eleanor Rosch, and others, emphasizing the emergence and development of the Prototype Theory and the controversies it spurred. The second part surveys a broad range of contemporary theories—Neoclassical Theories, the Prototype Theory, the Theory-Theory, and Conceptual Atomism.

About the Editors

Eric Margolis is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia.

Stephen Laurence is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield.


"This volume has all the great papers on concepts, with invaluablecommentary by the editors. The profound and fascinating essays in thecollection are indispensable for anyone interested in the human mind."
Steven Pinker, Professor and Director, Center for CognitiveNeuroscience, MIT, and author of The Language Instinct and How the Mind Works