Concept FAQs:


Q: Is a concept a generalization or abstraction from experience or the result of a transformation of existing ideas?

A: Yes.

Q: Are concepts not learned in isolation?

A: Yes, and but rather are learned as a part of our experiences with the world around us.

Q: Are concepts perceptions of an independently existing world of ideas?

A: Yes, and in that it denies the existence of any such realm.

Q: Are concepts created?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a concept a common feature or characteristic?

A: Yes.

Q: Are concepts construed as abstract objects?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a concept merely a symbol?

A: Yes, and a representation of the abstraction.

Q: Were concepts born out of the rejection of some or all of the classical theory?

A: Yes, and it seems appropriate to give an account of what might be wrong with this theory.

Q: Are concepts now considered to be totally autonomous?

A: Yes, and even though they originated from the process of abstracting or taking away qualities from perceptions until only the common, essential attributes remained.

Q: Is a concept a mental representation?

A: Yes, and which the brain uses to denote a class of things in the world.

Q: Is a concept a name or label that regards or treats an abstraction as if it had concrete or material existence?

A: Yes, and such as a person, a place, or a thing.

Q: Is a concept instantiated by all of its actual or potential instances?

A: Yes, and whether these are things in the real world or other ideas.

Q: Is a concept a fundamental category of existence?

A: Yes.

Q: Are concepts transformations of concrete concepts derived from embodied experience?

A: Yes.

Q: Are concepts something like scientific theorizing?

A: Yes.

Q: Are concepts necessary to cognitive processes such as categorization?

A: Yes, and memory, decision making, learning, and inference.

Q: Are concepts treated in many if not most disciplines both explicitly?

A: Yes, and such as in psychology, philosophy, etc.

Q: Are concepts useful and mutually compatible?

A: Yes, and they are accepted on their own.

Q: Are concepts mental representations that allow us to draw appropriate inferences about the type of entities we encounter in our everyday lives?

A: Yes.

Q: Are concepts created to describe?

A: Yes, and explain and capture reality as it is known and understood.

Q: Are concepts responding to some of the issues of prototype theory and classic theory?

A: Yes.

Q: Are concepts abstract generalizations of individual experiences?

A: Yes, and because the contingent and bodily experience is preserved in a concept, and not abstracted away.