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The Origin of Concepts

Susan Carey


Only human beings have a rich conceptual repertoire with concepts like tort, entropy, Abelian group, mannerism, icon, and deconstruction. How have humans constructed these concepts? And once they have been constructed by adults, how do children acquire them? While primarily focusing on the second question this book shows that the answers to both overlap substantially. The book begins by characterizing the innate starting point for conceptual development, namely systems of core cognition. Representations of core cognition are the output of dedicated input analyzers, as with perceptual represent ... More

Keywords: conceptual development, core cognition, Quinian bootstrapping

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195367638
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367638.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Carey, author