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ERIC Number: ED260360
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Pages: 19
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On the Nature of Concepts.
Ninnes, L. E.
It is difficult to give a precise meaning to the term "concept" because to specify any sense to the term is already to be using concepts. It is impossible to talk about concepts without at the same time having made epistemological and metaphysical commitments. If the epistemological and metaphysical commitments are inadequate, then the sense given to concepts will also suffer such fault. Concepts will be systematically misunderstood and will give a distorted view of reality. Some areas of psychology, social science, and philosophy suffer from faults in the form of knowledge they have adopted. Hegel (1966) argues powerfully for the view that all theories or points of view must be examined in terms of how successfully they are able to achieve knowledge of their objects. Real knowledge will be arrived at, not by holding to one viewpoint in opposition to the other views, but by working through points of view to see how they contribute to our understanding of human thought. Psychology should recuperate its past and set to a serious study and evaluation of Hegel's thought, his views on methods, conceptualization, thinking, and experience. Hegel's demand is that any form of knowledge be able to say what it knows in a way that does not contradict its own standard. This involves the detailed description of each form of knowledge on its own terms. This is the path to Science. (NRB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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