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Concept acquisition and use occurs in (real) context

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 February 1998

Kenneth R. Livingston
Department of Psychology and Program in Cognitive Science, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0479


A realist story of concepts like Millikan's can and should accommodate facts about how the context of items available for comparison during concept formation affects just what concept is formed or reidentified. Similarly, the contribution of the goals and purposes of the conceptualizer are relevant to how concepts are acquired and deployed, but can be understood as entirely consistent with a view of concepts as objectively evaluable.

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© 1998 Cambridge University Press

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