Chapter 1 Amalgams, Colimits, and Conceptual Blending

Part of the Computational Synthesis and Creative Systems book series (CSACS)


This chapter is a theoretical exploration of Joseph Goguen’s category-theoretic model of conceptual blending and presents an alternative proposal to model blending as amalgams, which were originally proposed as a method for knowledge transfer in case-based reasoning. The chapter concludes with a generalisation of the amalgam-based model by relating it to the notion of colimit, thus providing a category-theoretic characterisation of amalgams that is ultimately computationally realisable.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of ValenciaValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC)Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)Spain

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