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Seeking for the Grasp : An Iterative Subdivision Model of Conceptualisation (2019)

Kaipainen, M., & Hautamäki, A. (2019). Seeking for the Grasp : An Iterative Subdivision Model of Conceptualisation. In M. Kaipainen, F. Zenker, A. Hautamäki, & P. Gärdenfors (Eds.), Conceptual Spaces : Elaborations and Applications (pp. 103-123). Springer International Publishing. Synthese Library, 405. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-12800-5_7

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All authors or editors: Kaipainen, Mauri; Hautamäki, Antti

Parent publication: Conceptual Spaces : Elaborations and Applications

Parent publication editors: Kaipainen, Mauri; Zenker, Frank; Hautamäki, Antti; Gärdenfors, Peter

ISBN: 978-3-030-12799-2

eISBN: 978-3-030-12800-5

Journal or series: Synthese Library

Publication year: 2019

Number in series: 405

Pages range: 103-123

Number of pages in the book: 203

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

Place of Publication: Cham

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-12800-5_7

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67225


Concepts are fundamental collective constructs of individual items that are capable of abstracting meaningfully homogeneous groupings of phenomena. This capability is a prerequisite for communication and action and gives structure to learning and memory. Our study is aligned with the vast paradigm that assumes embodied cognition, rooted in Merleau-Ponty (Phenomenology of perception (trans: C. Smith). Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1962), seminally articulated by Varela et al. (Embodied mind: cognitive science and human experience. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1991) and existing today in a number of variants that have been reviewed by Wilson (Six views of embodied cognition. Springer. Psychon Bull Rev 9(4):625–636, 2002). We argue that the faculty to conceptualise may spring from the ability of homo habilis to manage concrete actions in space and time, and we propose that at the root level, ‘grasping concepts’ in a cognitive perspective may have a lot to do with the process of ‘grasping objects’ from an operational position.

Keywords: concepts (notions); cognition; cognitive science; philosophy

Free keywords: concepts; conceptualisation; cognition; cognition sciences; philosophy

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Reporting Year: 2019

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