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abstraction

abstraction  

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Supposed process of forming an idea by abstracting out what is common to a variety of instances: a process stressed, for example, by Aquinas in his moderate solution to the problem of universals ...
ACT*

ACT*  

(pronounced act-star).Adaptive Control of Thought, an advanced version of a network model of information processing first put forward in 1976 by the Canadian-born US psychologist John R(obert) ...
attribute

attribute  

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A characteristic of a product or service that can be measured by a rating having only two possible states, e.g. good or bad, acceptable or not acceptable, etc. Compare variable.
basic-level category

basic-level category  

The level of specificity/generality of a concept within a conceptual hierarchy at which most people tend naturally to categorize it, usually neither the most specific nor the most general available ...
belief

belief  

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Any proposition (1) that is accepted as true on the basis of inconclusive evidence. A belief is stronger than a baseless opinion but not as strong as an item of knowledge. More generally, belief is ...
componential theory

componential theory  

A theory of concepts, concept formation, and semantics according to which the meaning of a concept or a word can be understood by analysing it into its set of defining properties. The standard ...
concept

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The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine (3 ed.)

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2007

An abstract idea or conclusion based on a generalization from particular instances.

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Bede Rundle

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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2005
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Philosophy
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The term is the modern replacement for the older term idea, stripped of the latter's imagist associations, and thought of as more intimately bound up with language. How intimately? There ... More
concept

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Richard L. Gregory

The Oxford Companion to the Mind (2 ed.)

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2006
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Science and technology, Psychology, Philosophy
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An abstraction or general notion that may serve as a unit (or an ‘atom’) of a theory. Some concepts can be powerful thinking tools even when they are not at all fully understood. Thus even ... More
concept formation

concept formation  

The process by which a concept is acquired or learnt, usually from exposure to examples of items that belong to the concept category and items that do not belong to it. In general, it involves ...
concepts, thick and thin

concepts, thick and thin   Reference library

Jonathan Dancy

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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2005
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Philosophy
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Thin evaluative concepts are those such as ‘ought’, ‘right’, ‘wrong’, ‘good’, ‘bad’, ‘duty’, ‘obligation’, and ‘rights’. These are the concepts used in final moral decisions about how to ... More
construct

construct  

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(n.) A term used in behavioral sciences to describe a conceptual framework or theory, often called a social construct, based on observations, empirically verifiable facts or events.
content, non-conceptual

content, non-conceptual  

Theorists of non-conceptual mental content hold that some mental states can represent the world and be true or false even though the bearer of those mental states does not possess ...
exemplar

exemplar  

An instance or representative of a concept; more generally something to be copied or imitated. Compare prototype (2). [From Latin exemplarium a model, from exemplum an example]
family resemblance

family resemblance  

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The phenomenon stressed in his later work by Wittgenstein, that the objects denoted by a term may be tied together not by one common property, but by a network of resemblances, like the persons whose ...
feature

feature  

1 Any attribute of a sensory stimulus (1, 2, 3). A local feature is an attribute of part of the stimulus, and a global feature is an attribute of the stimulus as a whole. See also acoustic feature, ...
Gottlob Frege

Gottlob Frege  

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(1848–1925)German mathematician, logician, and philosopher who laid the foundations for modern investigations into the philosophy of logic and language.Born in Wismar (now East Germany), the son of a ...
grand theory

grand theory  

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Any theorizing involving a general explanation of society or human experience rather than the study of particular societies or experiences. Often used pejoratively within empiricist perspectives.
hypothesis

hypothesis  

A statement of the expected relationship between things being studied, which is intended to explain certain facts or observations. An idea to be tested.
intuition

intuition  

Immediate understanding, knowledge, or awareness, derived neither from perception nor from reasoning. Immediate knowledge of a concept exists when a person can apply the concept correctly but cannot ...

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