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Concepts as Tools in the Experimental Generation of Knowledge in Cognitive Neuropsychology

Feest, Uljana (2010) Concepts as Tools in the Experimental Generation of Knowledge in Cognitive Neuropsychology. Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science, 4 (1). pp. 173-190. ISSN 1913-0465

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This paper asks (a) how new scientific objects of research are conceptualized at a point in time when little is known about them, and (b) how those conceptualizations, in turn, figure in the process of investigating the phenomena in question. Situating my approach vis-à-vis existing notions of concepts, I propose to think of concepts as research tools. Narrowing my focus to phenomena in cognitive neuropsychology (specifically: the phenomenon of implicit memory), I develop an account of how concepts can function as tools. This account is based on an original reconstruction of the nature and function of operationism in psychology


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Feest, Uljana
Keywords: Scientific Realism; Epistemic Issues; Epistemology of Science
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Technology
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Jordan Miller
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2021 03:07
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2021 03:07
Item ID: 17912
Journal or Publication Title: Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science
Publisher: The University of Toronto
Official URL: https://spontaneousgenerations.library.utoronto.ca...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.4245/sponge.v4i1.11938
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Technology
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 30 August 2010
Page Range: pp. 173-190
Volume: 4
Number: 1
ISSN: 1913-0465
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17912

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