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Chapter 2: The Socio-Genesis of the Thinking Instruments

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The Socio-Genesis of the Thinking Instruments
The socio-genesis of the thinking instruments

When we conceive something, we are involved in an active process. A concept is what we produce in the process of conceiving or conceptualisation which is retrospectively called conception. Concepts, therefore, are objects. They are thrown out in the process of conceiving and they acquire an existence which is independent of the process. Similarly, we receive things and receipts are the objective record of the process which is called reception, or we deceive people and a deceit is the objective form taken by a deception. Although we perceive things and we refer to the process of perception, we rarely talk about percepts in ordinary speech. This is perhaps because the defining characteristic of the process ...

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