Three Fundamental Kinds of Concept: Prototypes, Exemplars, Theories
This chapter describes the theoretical entities that have been proposed by the main views of concepts developed since the 1970s: prototypes, exemplars, and theories. More recent approaches to concepts, particularly, ideals and the neo-empiricist view of concepts, are also discussed. This examination leads to the conclusion that given the properties that are relevant to characterize concepts, prototypes, exemplars, and theories have very little in common.
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