|1.||an idea, esp an abstract idea: the concepts of biology|
|2.||philosophy a general idea or notion that corresponds to some class of entities and that consists of the characteristic or essential features of the class|
|a. the conjunction of all the characteristic features of something|
|b. a theoretical construct within some theory|
|c. a directly intuited object of thought|
|d. the meaning of a predicate|
|4.||(modifier) (of a product, esp a car) created as an exercise to demonstrate the technical skills and imagination of the designers, and not intended for mass production or sale|
|[C16: from Latin conceptum something received or conceived, from concipere to take in, |
concept con·cept (kŏn'sěpt')
An abstract idea or notion.
An explanatory principle in a scientific system. Also called conception.
in the Analytic school of philosophy, the subject matter of philosophy, which philosophers of the Analytic school hold to be concerned with the salient features of the language in which people speak of concepts at issue. Concepts are thus logical, not mental, entities. A typical instance of the use of concept is in The Concept of Mind (1949) by Gilbert Ryle, an Oxford Analyst, which implies that the purpose of the author is not to investigate matters of fact empirically (i.e., by the methods of psychology) about the mind itself but to investigate its "logical geography." Similarly, investigation of the logical features of discourse about pleasure or duty or remembering is concerned with the concepts of pleasure or duty or memory. To be able to use these linguistic expressions is to apply, or possess, the concepts.
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