The Psychology and Philosphy of Concepts and Their Acquisition
Tangent, Ellen Lee
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During the summer of 1967, while studying the psychology of learning under Dr. Berne Jacobs I became interested in the theories of concept learning found in the three textbooks assigned for the course. They were: The Conditions of Learning by Robert N. Gagne, The Psychology of Learning by James Deese and Stewart H. Hulse, and Learning by J. Charles Jones. I had also written a paper the previous spring which required defining what it is to have a concept. As there seemed to be some differences between the two approaches, I decided to further examine the psychological and philosophical literature in this area to see if the differences could be resolved.