On the Birth and Growth of Concepts

  title={On the Birth and Growth of Concepts},
  author={Jean M. Mandler},
  journal={Philosophical Psychology},
  pages={207 - 230}
  • J. Mandler
  • Published 1 April 2008
  • Psychology, Biology
  • Philosophical Psychology
This article describes what the earliest concepts are like and presents a theory of the spatial primitives from which they are formed. The earliest concepts tend to be global, like animal and container, and it is hypothesized that they consist of simplified redescriptions of innately salient spatial information. These redescriptions become associated with sensory and other bodily experiences that are not themselves redescribed, but that enrich conceptual thought. The initial conceptual base… 

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