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Behav Brain Sci. 2010 Jun;33(2-3):195-206; discussion 206-44. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X09991531.

Précis of doing without concepts.

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  • 1Department of History and Philosophy of Science, 1017CL, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.


Although cognitive scientists have learned a lot about concepts, their findings have yet to be organized in a coherent theoretical framework. In addition, after twenty years of controversy, there is little sign that philosophers and psychologists are converging toward an agreement about the very nature of concepts. Doing without Concepts (Machery 2009) attempts to remedy this state of affairs. In this article, I review the main points and arguments developed at greater length in Doing without Concepts.

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