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[catalogued under 18. Thought / B. Mechanics of Thought / 5. Mental Files]

Full Idea

There is a hierarchy of files. Proto-files are the most basic; conceptual files are generated from them. First-order ones are more basic, as the higher-order encylopedic entries presuppose them.

Gist of Idea

Files are hierarchical: proto-files, then first-order, then higher-order encyclopedic


François Recanati (Mental Files [2012], 6.3)

Book Reference

Recanati,François: 'Mental Files' [OUP 2012], p.75

A Reaction

This hierarchy might fit into a decent account of categories, if a plausible one could be found. A good prospect for exploring categories would be to start with mental file-types, and work outwards through their relations.