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Higher-Level concepts and their heterogeneous implementations: A polemical review of Edouard Machery's Doing Without Concepts

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Doing Without Concepts

Edouard Machery

New York: Oxford University Press, 2009

296 pages, ISBN: 0195306880 (hbk); $65.00

This paper offers a critical review of Edouard Machery's Doing Without Concepts, with a particular emphasis on an approach to concept individuation that is consistent with many of Machery's arguments but has the potential to avoid his eliminativist conclusion. The approach agrees with Machery's claims to the effect that prototypes, exemplars, theories (and so on) form a heterogeneous class, but construes these theoretical entities as implementing a unified, albeit coarse-grained, notion of a concept.
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Keywords: Concepts; Exemplars; Pragmatism; Prototypes; Reference; Representation

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 February 2011

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