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Classical Theory of Concepts

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

The classical theory of concepts is the view that, at least for ordinary concepts, a subject who possesses a concept knows the necessary and sufficient conditions for something falling under the concept—that is, the definition of the concept. This entry first ...