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Life Cycle of a Concept in the Ad Hoc Cognition Framework

Hernández-Conde, José Vicente (2017) Life Cycle of a Concept in the Ad Hoc Cognition Framework. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 32 (3). pp. 271-292. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

Recently, Casasanto and Lupyan (2015) have asserted that there are no context-independent concepts: all concepts are constructed ad hoc when they are instantiated. My aim is to show that the ad hoc cognition framework can be characterized by a similarity-based theory of concepts, and that two different notions of concept should be distinguished —which may be identified with two distinct stages of their life cycle (storage and instantiation). This approach brings together virtues from opposing views: (a) invariantist: stored concepts are stable enough to collect new information; (b) contextualist: instantiated concepts are context-dependent, what explains our adaptive ability to changing environments.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Hernández-Conde, José Vicentejhercon@gmail.com
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Concepts, ad hoc cognition, context dependence, prototype theory
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2017 14:08
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2017 14:08
Item ID: 14054
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.16216
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Explanation
Date: September 2017
Page Range: pp. 271-292
Volume: 32
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14054

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