Cognitive Science 45 (5):e12978 (2021)

Authors
Jake Quilty-Dunn
Washington University in St. Louis
Joulia Smortchkova
University Of Oxford
Nicholas Shea
School of Advanced Study, University of London
1 more
Abstract
This paper reports the first empirical investigation of the hypothesis that epistemic appraisals form part of the structure of concepts. To date, studies of concepts have focused on the way concepts encode properties of objects and the way those features are used in categorization and in other cognitive tasks. Philosophical considerations show the importance of also considering how a thinker assesses the epistemic value of beliefs and other cognitive resources and, in particular, concepts. We demonstrate that there are multiple, reliably judged, dimensions of epistemic appraisal of concepts. Four of these dimensions are accounted for by a common underlying factor capturing how well people believe they understand a concept. Further studies show how dimensions of concept appraisal relate to other aspects of concepts. First, they relate directly to the hierarchical organization of concepts, reflecting the increase in specificity from superordinate to basic and subordinate levels. Second, they predict inductive choices in category-based induction. Our results suggest that epistemic appraisals of concepts form a psychologically important yet previously overlooked aspect of the structure of concepts. These findings will be important in understanding why individuals sometimes abandon and replace certain concepts; why social groups do so, for example, during a “scientific revolution”; and how we can facilitate such changes when we engage in deliberate “conceptual engineering” for epistemic, social, and political purposes.
Keywords concepts  categorization  conceptual engineering  epistemic appraisal  metacognition  essentialism  dual-character
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/cogs.12978
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 62,242
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Meaning and Reference.Hilary Putnam - 1973 - Journal of Philosophy 70 (19):699-711.

View all 27 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Inflating the social aspects of cognitive structural realism.Majid D. Beni - 2021 - European Journal for Philosophy of Science 11 (3):1-18.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Do We Know How Stressed We Are?Natalia Washington - 2015 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 38.
Flavors of Appraisal Theories of Emotion.Agnes Moors - 2014 - Emotion Review 6 (4):303-307.
The Development of Teacher Appraisal: A Recent History.S. Bartlett - 2000 - British Journal of Educational Studies 48 (1):24 - 37.
Enactive Appraisal.Giovanna Colombetti - 2007 - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 6 (4):527-546.
Performance Appraisal Applied to Leadership.Anne L. Jefferson - 2010 - Educational Studies 36 (1):111-114.
On the Causal Role of Appraisal in Emotion.Agnes Moors - 2013 - Emotion Review 5 (2):132-140.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2021-05-22

Total views
30 ( #361,605 of 2,444,815 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
30 ( #25,056 of 2,444,815 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes