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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 II: The Philosopher's Tale

Chapter:
(p.69) 4 The Demise of Definitions, Part II: The Philosopher's Tale
Source:
Concepts
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198236360.003.0004

A consideration of philosophical’ evidence, the view that typical concepts are complex. Connections with questions about analyticity and learnability. The alternative view (conceptual atomism’)‐that typical concepts are primitives‐is introduced and defended. The importance of distinguishing the semantic issues about conceptual atomism from the epistemological ones.

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