Single Idea 12626

[catalogued under 18. Thought / D. Concepts / 3. Ontology of Concepts / b. Concepts as abilities]

Full Idea

Cartesians think that concept individuation is prior, in order of analysis, to concept possession.

Gist of Idea

Cartesians put concept individuation before concept possession


Jerry A. Fodor (LOT 2 [2008], Ch.12)

Book Reference

Fodor,Jerry A.: 'LOT 2: the Language of Thought Revisited' [OUP 2008], p.12

A Reaction

Peacocke is someone who seems to put possession first, to the point where individuation is thereby achieved. The background influence there is Wittgenstein. I think I am more with Fodor, that concepts are entities, which need to be understood.