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Edouard Machery

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306880

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306880.001.0001

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The Heterogeneity Hypothesis

The Heterogeneity Hypothesis

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(p.52) 3 The Heterogeneity Hypothesis
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Doing without Concepts
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Edouard Machery (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306880.003.0004

This chapter elaborates on the thesis developed in the book: the Heterogeneity Hypothesis. While most psychologists assume that there are numerous properties common to all concepts (the Received View), the chapter proposes that the class of concepts divides into kinds that have little in common. The Heterogeneity Hypothesis is also contrasted with theories of concepts that are superficially similar—the hybrid theories of concepts—in order to prevent their conflation.

Keywords:   the Received View, kinds of concepts, hybrid theories of concepts, pyschologists

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