Concepts: ontology and structure

This summer, the philosophy department will be holding a summer reading group. The subject of the group is Concepts: Ontology and Structure.

The ontology of concepts concerns what kind of thing concepts are i.e. are they abstract or psychological entities? Are they representational states? Are they more like abilities? The structure of concepts concerns the way concepts are built up, and the relations they have to one another. Do concepts have a definitional structure, or are they associated with a kind of prototype?

The group will meet every Thursday from 1pm onwards in G73 HumSS. It will run from the 9th July through to the 10th September. The schedule of the readings can be found in the google document below, and pdfs of the readings can be found in the dropbox folder below.

Reading List:

All are welcome, and consistent attendance is not required. If anyone has any questions, please email

Summer Reading Group: First meeting

There will be a summer reading group on Concepts running in the Philosophy Department, all welcome.

The first meeting is Thursday 9th July at 1pm, discussing Fodor’s ‘Why There Still Has to Be a Language of Thought’. You can access a pdf via the dropbox below.

The full programme will be posted here shortly.

Date: 9/07/2015
Time: 1pm onwards
Location: G73 Humss
Reading List:

6-7th July: Prof. Stephen Crain, McQuarie

Prof. Stephen Crain, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders at McQuarie University in Sydney Australia will be visiting Monday and Tuesday of next week (July 6 and 7). Prof. Crain’s work on first language acquisition has helped to define the field. He is happy to meet with colleagues and will be giving a talk titled “Child language and the theory of Universal Grammar II) on Tuesday July 7 at 2PM in G79. His talk will be followed by a round table discussion on relation between psycholinguistics and linguistic theory. All are welcome.