Are concepts stable entities, unchanged from context to context? Or rather are they context-dependent structures, created on the fly? We argue that this does not constitute a genuine dilemma. Our main thesis is that the more a pattern of features is general and shared, the more it qualifies as a concept. Contextualists have not shown that conceptual structures lack a stable, general core, acting as an attractor on idiosyncratic information. What they have done instead is to give a contribution to the comprehension of how conceptual structure organized around such a stable core can produce contextually appropriate representations on demand. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Mazzone, M., & Lalumera, E. (2010). Concepts: stored or created?. MINDS AND MACHINES, 20(1), 47-69 [10.1007/s11023-010-9184-0].

Concepts: stored or created?

LALUMERA, ELISABETTA
2010

Abstract

Are concepts stable entities, unchanged from context to context? Or rather are they context-dependent structures, created on the fly? We argue that this does not constitute a genuine dilemma. Our main thesis is that the more a pattern of features is general and shared, the more it qualifies as a concept. Contextualists have not shown that conceptual structures lack a stable, general core, acting as an attractor on idiosyncratic information. What they have done instead is to give a contribution to the comprehension of how conceptual structure organized around such a stable core can produce contextually appropriate representations on demand. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
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concepts, situated cognition, context
English
Mazzone, M., & Lalumera, E. (2010). Concepts: stored or created?. MINDS AND MACHINES, 20(1), 47-69 [10.1007/s11023-010-9184-0].
Mazzone, M; Lalumera, E
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