This edited book focuses on concepts and their applications using the theory of conceptual spaces, one of today’s most central tracks of cognitive science discourse. It features 15 papers based on topics presented at the Conceptual Spaces @ Work 2016 conference.
The contributors interweave both theory and applications in their papers. Among the first mentioned are studies on metatheories, logical and systemic implications of the theory, as well as relations between concepts and language. Examples of the latter include explanatory models of paradigm shifts and evolution in science as well as dilemmas and issues of health, ethics, and education.The theory of conceptual spaces overcomes many translational issues between academic theoretization and practical applications. The paradigm is mainly associated with structural explanations, such as categorization and meronomy. However, the community has also been relating it to relations, functions, and systems. The book presents work that provides a geometric model for the representation of human conceptual knowledge that bridges the symbolic and the sub-conceptual levels of representation. The model has already proven to have a broad range of applicability beyond cognitive science and even across a number of disciplines related to concepts and representation.
1. Editors’ introduction
Mauri Kaipainen, Frank Zenker, Antti Hautamäki, Peter Gärdenfors
Part I. Concepts, perception and knowledge
2. Nina Laura Poth: Conceptual Spaces, Generalisation Probabilities and Perceptual Categorisation
3. Lucas Bechberger and Kai-Uwe Kuehnberger: Formalized Conceptual Spaces with a Geometric Representation of Correlations4. Andreas Stephens: Three levels of Naturalistic Knowledge
5. Peter Gärdenfors; Convexity is a testable prediction in the theory of conceptual spaces: Reply to Hernández-Conde
Part II. Evolving concepts
6. Joel Parthemore: On the Essentially Dynamic Nature of Concepts: Constant if Incremental Motion in Conceptual Spaces
7. Mauri Kaipainen and Antti Hautamäki: Seeking for the Grasp. An Iterative Subdivision Model of Conceptualization
Part III. Concepts and disciplines
8. Sylvia Wenmackers: Lost in Space and Time: A Quest for Conceptual Spaces in Physics9. Josef Bolt, Bob Coecke, Fabrizio Romano Genovese, Martha Lewis, Dan Marsden and Robin Piedeleu: Interacting Conceptual Spaces I: Grammatical Composition of Concepts
10. Aleksander Gemel and Paula Quinon: Magnitude and Number Sensitivity of the Approximate Number System in Conceptual Spaces
11. José Hernandez-Conde: Reply to Gärdenfors
Mauri Kaipainen is professor of Media Technology at Södertörn University with a PhD from the University of Helsinki has longstanding focus and a number of publications on the systems, dynamics, interactions and perspective-dependence of concepts. The application range of his theoretical work ranges from cognitive science to society to media art. He was the main organizer of Conceptual Spaces @ Work 2016.
Frank Zenker is a researcher in philosophy at Lund University, Sweden, funded by the Swedish Research Council. Having obtained his doctorate in philosophy of science at the University of Hamburg, Germany, he has worked with Peter Gärdenfors on applying conceptual spaces to theory-dynamical processes in the empirical sciences. He is the editor of “Bayesian Argumentation” (Synthese Library Vol 362, 2013) and Zenker, F.; Gärdenfors, P. (2015). Applications of Conceptual Spaces. Springer. Synthese library. Studies in Epistemology, Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science, Vol. 359.
Peter Gärdenfors is a distinguished professor of cognitive science at Lund University, Sweden. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities and recipient of the Gad Rausing Prize. Internationally, he is one of Sweden's most notable philosophers. In 2009, he was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He is best known of articulating and coining the theory of Conceptual Spaces.
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