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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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Three Fundamental Kinds of Concept: Prototypes, Exemplars, Theories

Three Fundamental Kinds of Concept: Prototypes, Exemplars, Theories

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Doing without Concepts
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306880.003.0005

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.

Keywords:   prototypes, exemplars, theories, empiricism, ideals

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