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Atomism about Concepts

  • By: Jacob Scott Beck
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Mind
  • Edited by: Harold Pashler
  • Subject:Linguistics (general), Cognitive Psychology (general)

Concept atomism is the view that most lexical concepts (i.e., most concepts associated with single words in natural languages such as English) are not composed from other concepts. They are semantically unstructured, or primitive. For example, the concept dog is not ...