Single Idea 15688

[catalogued under 18. Thought / D. Concepts / 4. Structure of Concepts / d. Concepts as prototypes]

Full Idea

On prototype views, categories are characterized by distance from a prototype.

Gist of Idea

Categories are characterized by distance from a prototype


Susan A. Gelman (The Essential Child [2003], 05 'Causation')

Book Reference

Gelman,Susan A.: 'The Essential Child' [OUP 2005], p.109

A Reaction

Gelman observes that this view makes no reference to any causal features of things. This cuts them off from using underlying essences in the process of categorisation and concept-formation. How do you spot a prototype, with no category?