Thanks to Ben Caplan, Carl Matheson, Nathaniel Tagg, and two anonymous referees for their help and suggestions.
A Recipe for Concept Similarity
Article first published online: 31 JAN 2007
2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Mind & Language
Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 68–91, February 2007
How to Cite
SCHROEDER, T. (2007), A Recipe for Concept Similarity. Mind & Language, 22: 68–91. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0017.2006.00300.x
- Issue published online: 31 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 31 JAN 2007
Abstract: Sometimes your concept and mine have exactly the same content. When this is so, it is comparatively easy for me to understand what you say when you deploy your concept, for us to disagree, agree, and so on. But what if your concept and mine do not have exactly the same content? This question has occupied a number of philosophers, including Paul Churchland, Jerry Fodor, and Ernie Lepore. This paper develops a novel and rigorous measure of concept similarity, Proportion, such that concepts with different contents but sufficiently high Proportion scores will also conduce to understanding, agreement, and disagreement.