more from Gabriel M.A. Segal

Single Idea 3117

[catalogued under 18. Thought / C. Content / 6. Broad Content]

Full Idea

We need to think of concepts as organic entities that can persist through changes of extension.

Gist of Idea

Concepts can survive a big change in extension


Gabriel M.A. Segal (A Slim Book about Narrow Content [2000], 3.3)

Book Reference

Segal,Gabriel M.A.: 'A Slim Book about Narrow Content' [MIT 2000], p.77

A Reaction

This would be 'organic' in the sense of modifying and growing. This is exactly right, and the interesting problem becomes the extreme cases, where an individual stretches a concept a long way.