Carving nature at its joints using a knife called concepts

Justin J. Couchman, Joseph Boomer, Mariana V.C. Coutinho, J. David Smith

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That humans can categorize in different ways does not imply that there are qualitatively distinct underlying natural kinds or that the field of concepts splinters. Rather, it implies that the unitary goal of forming concepts is important enough that it receives redundant expression in cognition. Categorization science focuses on commonalities involved in concept learning. Eliminating concept makes this more difficult.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-208
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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