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Talk: Elisabeth Camp

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When Nov 15, 2013
from 03:00 pm to 05:00 pm
Where Caldwell 213
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Professor Camp is currently in the Philosophy Department at the University of Pennsylvania but is moving to Rutgers University.  She works on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and aesthetics.

"Playing with Concepts: Logic, Association and Imagination"
Recent theorizing about concepts has been dominated by two models: crudely speaking, a philosophical one on which concepts are rule-governed atoms, and a psychological one on which they are associative networks. The debate between them has often been framed in terms of competing answers to the question of ‘how the mind works’ or ‘the nature of thought’.  I argue that this is a false dichotomy: thought operates in both these ways.  Indeed, the interaction between these two modes of cognition is central to the rich play distinctive of human imagination.