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. Margolis and Laurence are coeditors of Concepts: Core Readings (MIT Press).
Stephen Laurence is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. Margolis and Laurence are coeditors of Concepts: Core Readings (MIT Press).
—Steven Pinker, Professor and Director, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, MIT, and author ofThe Language Instinct and How the Mind Works
—Stephen Schiffer, Professor of Philosophy, New York University
—Martin Davies, Corpus Christi College, Oxford
—Barbara Landau, Professor of Psychology and Linguistics, and Director, Cognitive Science Program, University of Delaware
—Tim Crane, University College London
—Stephen P. Stich, Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Rutgers University