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Single Idea 18557

[catalogued under 18. Thought / D. Concepts / 1. Concepts / c. Concepts in psychology]

Full Idea

In psychology, concepts are characterized as those bodies of knowledge that are stored in long-term memory and used most higher cognitive competences when these processes result in judgements.

Gist of Idea

Psychologists treat concepts as long-term knowledge bodies which lead to judgements


Edouard Machery (Doing Without Concepts [2009], Intro)

Book Reference

Machery,Edouard: 'Doing Without Concepts' [OUP 2009], p.4

A Reaction

Machery mounts an attack on this idea. I like the 'mental files' idea, where a concept starts as a label, and then acquires core knowledge, and then further information. The 'concept' is probably no more than a label, and minimal starter information.