Editors’ Introduction: Conceptual Spaces at Work

  • Peter GärdenforsEmail author
  • Frank Zenker
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 359)


This introductory chapter provides a non-technical presentation of conceptual spaces as a representational framework for modeling different kinds of similarity relations in various cognitive domains. Moreover, we briefly summarize each chapter in this volume.


Distance measure Human conceptualization Representation Similarity Prototype Sensory perceptions Cross-sensory descriptions Sense Ontologies Construals 



Peter Gärdenfors gratefully acknowledges support from the Swedish Research Council for the Linnaeus environment Thinking in Time: Cognition, Communication and Learning. Frank Zenker acknowledges funding from the Swedish Research Council.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and Cognitive ScienceLund UniversityLundSweden

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