Presuming placeholders are relevant enables conceptual change. Commentary on Carey's précis of The Origin of Concept

TitlePresuming placeholders are relevant enables conceptual change. Commentary on Carey's précis of The Origin of Concept
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsHeintz, C.
Journal titleBehavioral and Brain Science
Year2011
Pages131-132
Volume34
Issue3
Abstract

Placeholders enable conceptual change only if presumed to be relevant (e.g., lead to the formation of true beliefs) even though their meaning is not yet fully understood and their cognitive function not yet specified. Humans are predisposed to make such presumptions in a communicative context. Specifying the role of the presumption of relevance in conceptual change would provide a more comprehensive account of Quinian bootstrapping.

LanguageEnglish
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X10002347
Publisher linkhttp://tinyurl.com/cbshmq2