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Friday, February 23, 2018

What is a concept?


Photo source: Wikimedia Commons, Jose Ferraz de Almeida Junior


What is a concept? Here is my definition:


A concept is a mental general representation


I believe that generality is the essential aspect of a concept. For example, think of the concept 'grass'. The concept of 'grass' refers to a wide range of things. It refers to all the different types of grass and the entirety of everything grass stands for. In this regard, the concept of 'grass' is general.


I also believe that concepts are representations. For example, the concept 'fork' is not an actual fork, but instead it is a representation of a fork. In this regard, a concept represents all of the real examples of that concept.


Concepts are mental because they only exist in the mind. Reality is full of potential concepts and only the mind or viewer can create concepts.



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