Conclusion I: The Origins of Concepts
This chapter summarizes the main points from the preceding chapters. It provides an overview of the argument and a road map through it. It argues that distinguishing theory changes that involve conceptual change from those that do not is as central to understanding individual conceptual development as it is to understanding theory acquisition in historical time. Conceptual change constitutes a form of genuine developmental discontinuity and thus poses a very difficult explanatory challenge. Quine's bootstrapping plays a role in the acquisition of both intuitive theories during childhood and explicit theories during the history of science.
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