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The Making of Human Concepts

Denis Mareschal, Paul C. Quinn, and Stephen E.G. Lea (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199549221
eISBN:
9780191724152
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549221.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Human adults appear different from other animals in their ability to form abstract mental representations that go beyond perceptual similarity. In short, they can conceptualize the world. When and ... More


Concepts in human adults

James A. Hampton

in The Making of Human Concepts

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199549221
eISBN:
9780191724152
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549221.003.014
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter looks at the end result of the long and complex process of the making of human concepts. It suggests that our evolutionary past is still very much a part of our conceptual system. There ... More


Where do concepts come from?

Denis Mareschal, Paul C. Quinn, and Stephen E. G. Lea

in The Making of Human Concepts

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199549221
eISBN:
9780191724152
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549221.003.01
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the purpose of the book, which addresses the question of where adult human concepts come from. This question clearly has two dimensions. One side of the ... More


Introduction

Anna Wierzbicka

in What Did Jesus Mean?: Explaining the Sermon on the Mount and the Parables in Simple and Universal Human Concepts

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195137330
eISBN:
9780199867905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195137337.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The Introduction argues that, despite the current fashions in scholarly circles, it is possible to unambiguously determine what Jesus meant in his parables and our sayings, and to explain it in a way ... More


What Did Jesus Mean?: Explaining the Sermon on the Mount and the Parables in Simple and Universal Human Concepts

Anna Wierzbicka

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195137330
eISBN:
9780199867905
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195137337.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This book explores the meaning of Jesus’ key sayings and parables from a radically new perspective – that of simple and universal human concepts, found in all languages. Building on modern biblical ... More


English as a Cultural Universe

Anna Wierzbicka

in English: Meaning and Culture

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195174748
eISBN:
9780199788514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174748.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

This chapter discusses the concept of “Anglo English” as a shared core of American English, British English, Australian English, and other long established varieties of English. The chapter uses some ... More


The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition

Kelly S. Mix, Linda B. Smith, and Michael Gasser (eds)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199553242
eISBN:
9780191720444
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553242.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

In this book, we ask how space, language, and thought interact in learning and development. This encompasses not only how children learn about space and spatial language, but also how language and ... More


The Beatitudes

Anna Wierzbicka

in What Did Jesus Mean?: Explaining the Sermon on the Mount and the Parables in Simple and Universal Human Concepts

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195137330
eISBN:
9780199867905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195137337.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter focuses on those Beatitudes widely regarded as “authentic,” that is, as representing Jesus’ “ipsissima verba,” and stresses their importance as the heart of Jesus’ preaching. It ... More


The Essential Child: Origins of Essentialism in Everyday Thought

Susan A. Gelman

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195154061
eISBN:
9780199786718
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154061.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Essentialism is the idea that certain categories, such as “dog,” “man,” or “intelligence,” have an underlying reality or true nature that gives objects their identity. This book argues that ... More


The Concept of Human Dignity: Current Usages, Future Discourses

Bernhard Schlink

in Understanding Human Dignity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780197265642
eISBN:
9780191760389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265642.003.0037
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

The concept of human dignity is used as a flag under which people fight for freedom, equality, and decent living conditions; as a foundational concept for human rights; and as a right that protects ... More


Human Rights: Historical Development and Contemporary Regional Models

Federico Lenzerini

in The Culturalization of Human Rights Law

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199664283
eISBN:
9780191748479
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664283.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration, Public International Law

In order to properly understand whether or not—and, in case, to which extent—human rights standards are universal, it is useful to analyse how the idea of human rights developed within the different ... More


Stage, Stake, and Scaffold: Humans and Animals in Shakespeare's Theatre

Andreas Höfele

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199567645
eISBN:
9780191731075
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567645.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

The book argues that powerful exchanges between stage, stake and scaffold – the theatre, the beargarden and the spectacle of public execution – crucially informed Shakespeare’s explorations into the ... More


Introduction

Pablo Gilabert

in Human Dignity and Human Rights

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198827221
eISBN:
9780191866104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198827221.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This chapter outlines the main conceptual and substantive contributions of this book, and provides an overview of the three parts composing it. A characterization of the concept of human rights is ... More


I Know: A Human Universal

Anna Wierzbicka

in Epistemology for the Rest of the World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190865085
eISBN:
9780190865115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190865085.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter argues that a philosophical account of human epistemology needs to be complemented by a linguistic one, informed by analytical and empirical experience of cross-linguistic semantics. The ... More


Responsibility for Violations of the Human Right to Subsistence

Elizabeth Ashford

in Poverty, Agency, and Human Rights

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199975877
eISBN:
9780199396917
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199975877.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy

The chapter argues that on a morally minimalist account of basic human rights, the ongoing allowing and infliction of severe poverty constitutes the systemic violation of a basic human right. It ... More


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