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[catalogued under 18. Thought / D. Concepts / 5. Concepts and Language / c. Concepts without language]

Full Idea

People seem to be able to formulate novel concepts which are left to be named later; the concept comes first, the name second.

Gist of Idea

People can formulate new concepts which are only named later


E Margolis/S Laurence (Concepts [2009], 4.2)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.16

A Reaction

[This seems to have empirical support, and he cites Pinker 1994] I do not find this remotely surprising, since I presume that human concepts are a continuous kind with animal concepts, including non-conscious concepts (why not?).