Concepts and Perceptual Belief: How (Not) to Defend Recognitional Concepts
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- Rives, B. Acta Anal (2010) 25: 369. doi:10.1007/s12136-010-0092-y
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Recognitional concepts have the following characteristic property: thinkers are disposed to apply them to objects merely on the basis of undergoing certain perceptual experiences. I argue that a prominent strategy for defending the existence of constitutive connections among concepts, which appeals to thinkers’ semantic-cum-conceptual intuitions, cannot be used to defend the existence of recognitional concepts. I then outline and defend an alternative argument for the existence of recognitional concepts, which appeals to certain psychological laws.