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Words and Concepts

Intentionality and Reasoning

I have previously shown that rational intentionality is different from natural intentionality. In order to understand how it is different, concepts that are distinctive of rationality must be examined. One of these concepts is that of reasoning. Now all reasoning proceeds by beginning with a fact and moving from that to what is not known. So it is probably best to classify reasoning as another nam...

Intentionality and Rational Action

Previously I have shown that rationality is linked to the formation of concepts but not perception. In order to further understand the difference between rational intentionality and natural intentionality, I am going to investigate that other property of rational beings – rational action. Rational action is when a person makes an affirmation true that was false apart from his action. Rational acti...

Thoughts

I had previously distinguished between words and concepts by showing that concepts necessarily represent what they are concepts of while words may always but never necessarily do so. This distinction allows us to determine if something is a word or a concept. In order to finish understanding what words and concepts are, we must examine thoughts. Thoughts are always words because we use one element...

Recognition and Concept Formation

In my last post on this series, I explained that thoughts are formed by having one part of our experiences represent other parts. This means that thoughts are just like words. In a different post I claimed that perception is not enough on its own to generate concepts. I also claimed that merely pointing out one particular feature counted as having a concept of that feature. Gaining a new concept i...