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Single Idea 18585

[catalogued under 18. Thought / D. Concepts / 4. Structure of Concepts / a. Conceptual structure]

Full Idea

The Heterogeneity Hypothesis, but not the hybrid theory of concepts, predicts that the coreferential bodies of knowledge it posits will occasionally lead to conflicting outcomes, such as inconsistent judgements.

Gist of Idea

Heterogeneous concepts might have conflicting judgements, where hybrid theories will not


Edouard Machery (Doing Without Concepts [2009], 3.3.2)

Book Reference

Machery,Edouard: 'Doing Without Concepts' [OUP 2009], p.68

A Reaction

Machery's book champions the Heterogeneous Hypothesis. Hybrid views say the aspects of a concept are integrated, but Heterogeneity says there are separate processes. My preferred 'file' approach would favour integration.

Related Idea

Idea 18584 One hybrid theory combines a core definition with a prototype for identification [Machery]