The Conceptual Mind

New Directions in the Study of Concepts

The study of concepts has advanced dramatically in recent years, with exciting new findings and theoretical developments. Core concepts have been investigated in greater depth and new lines of inquiry have blossomed, with researchers from an ever broader range of disciplines making important contributions. In this volume, leading philosophers and cognitive scientists offer original essays that present the state-of-the-art in the study of concepts. These essays, all commissioned for this book, do not merely present the usual surveys and overviews; rather, they offer the latest work on concepts by a diverse group of theorists as well as discussions of the ideas that should guide research over the next decade. The book is an essential companion volume to the earlier Concepts: Core Readings, the definitive source for classic texts on the nature of concepts.

The essays cover concepts as they relate to animal cognition, the brain, evolution, perception, and language, concepts across cultures, concept acquisition and conceptual change, concepts and normativity, concepts in context, and conceptual individuation. The contributors include such prominent scholars as Susan Carey, Nicola Clayton, Jerry Fodor, Douglas Medin, Joshua Tenenbaum, and Anna Wierzbicka.

Aurore Avarguès-Weber, Eef Ameel, Megan Bang, H. Clark Barrett, Pascal Boyer, Elisabeth Camp, Susan Carey, Daniel Casasanto, Nicola S. Clayton, Dorothy L. Cheney, Vyvyan Evans, Jerry A. Fodor, Silvia Gennari, Tobias Gerstenberg, Martin Giurfa, Noah D. Goodman, J. Kiley Hamlin, James A. Hampton, Mutsumi Imai, Charles W. Kalish, Frank Keil, Jonathan Kominsky, Stephen Laurence, Gary Lupyan, Edouard Machery, Bradford Z. Mahon, Asifa Majid, Barbara C. Malt, Eric Margolis, Douglas Medin, Nancy J. Nersessian, bethany ojalehto, Anna Papafragou, Joshua M. Plotnik, Noburo Saji, Robert M. Seyfarth, Joshua B. Tenenbaum, Sandra Waxman, Daniel A. Weiskopf, Anna Wierzbicka

Table of Contents

  1. Contributors
  2. Preface
  3. Notational Convention
  4. I. Concepts and Animals
  5. 1. Conceptual Learning by Miniature Brains

    Aurore Avarguès-Weber and Martin Giurfa

  6. 2. Convergent Cognitive Evolution across Animal Taxa: Comparisons of Chimpanzees, Corvids, and Elephants

    Joshua M. Plotnik and Nicola S. Clayton

  7. 3. The Evolution of Concepts about Agents: Or, What Do Animals Recognize When They Recognize an Individual?

    Robert M. Seyfarth and Dorothy L. Cheney

  8. II. Concepts and the Brain
  9. 4. Missed Connections: A Connectivity-Constrained Account of the Representation and Organization of Object Concepts

    Bradford Z. Mahon

  10. 5. Concept Nativism and Neural Plasticity

    Stephen Laurence and Eric Margolis

  11. III. Concepts and Evolution
  12. 6. The Evolution of Conceptual Design

    H. Clark Barrett

  13. 7. How Natural Selection Shapes Conceptual Structure: Human Intuitions and Concepts of Ownership

    Pascal Boyer

  14. IV. Concepts and Perception
  15. 8. Burge on Perception

    Jerry A. Fodor

  16. 9. Observational Concepts

    Daniel A. Weiskopf

  17. V. Concepts and Language
  18. 10. What's in a Concept? Analog versus Parametric Concepts in LCCM Theory
  19. 11. Where Are the Concepts? What Words Can and Can't Reveal

    Barbara C. Malt, Silvia P. Gennari, Mutsumi Imai, Eef Ameel, Noburo Saji, and Asifa Majid

  20. 12. The Representation of Events in Language and Cognition

    Anna Papafragou

  21. VI. Concepts across Cultures
  22. 13. Relations: Language, Epistemologies, Categories, and Concepts

    Douglas Medin, bethany ojalehto, Sandra Waxman, and Megan Bang

  23. 14. Innate Conceptual Primitives Manifested in the Languages of the World and in Infant Cognition

    Anna Wierzbicka

  24. VII. Concept Acquisition and Conceptual Change
  25. 15. Why Theories of Concepts Should Not Ignore the Problem of Acquisition

    Susan Carey

  26. 16. Conceptual Innovation on the Frontiers of Science

    Nancy J. Nersessian

  27. VIII. Concepts and Normativity
  28. 17. Does the Infant Possess a Moral Concept?

    J. Kiley Hamlin

  29. 18. Normative Concepts

    Charles W. Kalish

  30. IX. Concepts in Context
  31. 19. All Concepts Are Ad Hoc Concepts

    Daniel Casasanto and Gary Lupyan

  32. 20. By Default: Concepts Are Accessed in a Context-Independent Manner

    Edouard Machery

  33. X. Concepts and Conceptual Individuation
  34. 21. Logical Concepts and Associative Characterizations

    Elisabeth Camp

  35. 22. Concepts in a Probabilistic Language of Thought

    Noah D. Goodman, Joshua B. Tenenbaum, and Tobias Gerstenberg

  36. 23. Concepts in the Semantic Triangle

    James A. Hampton

  37. 24. Grounding Concepts

    Frank C. Keil and Jonathan F. Kominsky

  38. Color Plates
  39. Index