Polish Journal of Philosophy 8 (1):7-23 (2014)

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Jack M. C. Kwong
Appalachian State University
Abstract
Concept Pluralism and Concept Eliminativism are two positions recently proposed in the philosophy and the psychology of concepts. Both of these theories are motivated by the view that all current theories of concepts are empirically and methodologically inadequate and hold in common the assumption that for any category that can be represented in thought, a person can possess multiple, distinct concepts of it. In this paper, I will challenge these in light of a third theory, Conceptual Atomism, which addresses and dispels the contentious issues. In particular, I contend that Conceptual Atomism, when properly understood, is empirically adequate and can overcome difficulties that plague Pluralism and Eliminativism.
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy  Continental Philosophy
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DOI 10.5840/pjphil2014811
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