Fire and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal about the Mind

  title={Fire and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal about the Mind},
  author={George Tombe Lako},
Cognitive science is a new field that brings together what is known about the mind from many academic disciplines: psychology, linguistics, anthropology , philosophy, and computer science. It seeks detailed answers to such questions as: What is reason? How do we make sense of our experi-ence? What is a conceptual system and how is it organized? Do all people use the same conceptual system? If so, what is that system? If not, exactly what is there that is common to the way all human beings think… 

Colorful bits of experience: From Bluestocking to blue movie

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Implications of the Cognitive Sciences for the Philosophy of Science

  • R. Giere
  • Philosophy
    PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
  • 1990
Does recent work in the cognitive sciences have any implications for theories or methods employed within the philosophy of science itself? It does if one takes a naturalistic approach in which