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The Origin of Concepts$
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Susan Carey

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195367638

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367638.001.0001

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Some Preliminaries

Some Preliminaries

(p.3) 1 Some Preliminaries
The Origin of Concepts

Susan Carey

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the book's three main theses: (i) that there are two types of conceptual representations: those embedded in systems of core cognition and those embedded in explicit knowledge systems, such as intuitive theories; (ii) that new representational resources emerge in development—representational systems with more expressive power than those they are built from, as well as representational systems that are incommensurable with those they are built from; and (iii) that the bootstrapping processes that have been described in the literature on the history and philosophy of science underlie the construction of new representational resources in childhood as well. An overview of the subsequent chapters is then presented.

Keywords:   conceptual representations, cognition, knowledge systems, representational systems, conceptual discontinuity, bootstrapping

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