Single Idea 15686

[catalogued under 18. Thought / D. Concepts / 3. Ontology of Concepts / a. Concepts as representations]

Full Idea

Labels may signal categories that are believed to embody an essence.

Gist of Idea

Labels may indicate categories which embody an essence


Susan A. Gelman (The Essential Child [2003], 02 'Privileged')

Book Reference

Gelman,Susan A.: 'The Essential Child' [OUP 2005], p.55

A Reaction

This is quoted by her, as a summary of a substantial body of research which she endorses. I cite it because it pinpoints my own view. I take 'labels' to be basic to minds, as organisers of thought, and this ties essences to labels. Satisfying picture.