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Single Idea 11141

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / D. Empiricism / 2. Associationism]

Full Idea

A growing number of philosophers are attracted to modified forms of empiricism, emphasizing psychological relations between the conceptual system and perceptual and motor states, not semantic relations.

Gist of Idea

Modern empiricism tends to emphasise psychological connections, not semantic relations


E Margolis/S Laurence (Concepts [2009], 3.2)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.12

A Reaction

I suddenly spot that this is what I have been drifting towards for some time! The focus is concept formation, where the philosophers need to join forces with the cognitive scientists.