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Jerry A. Fodor

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198236368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198236360.001.0001

The Demise of Definitions, Part I: The Linguist's Tale

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(p.40) 3 The Demise of Definitions, Part I: The Linguist's Tale
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Concepts
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Jerry A. Fodor (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198236360.003.0003

A consideration of `linguistic’ evidence for and against the view that typical concepts of `middle‐sized’ objects (DOG, CHAIR, UNCLE, DOORKNOB) are complex definitional constructions out of more primitive concepts. Critical analysis of arguments by Ray Jackendoff, Steven Pinker, and others.

Keywords:   concepts, definitions, Jackendoff, Pinker

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