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Conceptual Schemes

The idea that experience is only intelligible as it is because it presents sensation through a predetermined conceptual scheme or frame work; and the philosophical implications of this view.
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Jasmin Lapthorn

on 8 January 2013

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Transcript of Conceptual Schemes

Conceptual scheme NEEDED FOR concept acquisition Obstacle 1 Obstacle 2 Obstacle 3 Likely questions Start Kant says that we need concepts of certain things eg. time and space, causation and self in order to experience these things. Evaluation Points Part A example- Explain two ways in which we come to have the conceptual scheme that we do. Conceptual Schemes The idea that experience is only intelligible as it is because it presents sensation through a predetermined conceptual scheme or frame work; and the philosophical implications of this view. Philosophers Key Ideas Argument to Locke- We never actually experience time and space, so how could we get a concept of it? Sapir & Whorf Locke Kant Like a computer has ready programmed things on it when you buy it, so does our brain so we can gain experience. Conceptual schemes BASED ON language acquisition Conceptual scheme is not completely innate, at least some comes from living in a particular culture. Conceptual schemes BASED ON concept acquisition Conceptual scheme not innate, it's learnt. Locke says that is wrong, any conceptual scheme we have comes from experience. Sapir & Whorf say that there is a conceptual scheme but it is not innate, it comes from the culture you are brought up in. Argument to Sapir & Whorf- We can experience more than one type of culture without our worlds changing. Part B example- "Without a predetermined conceptual scheme our sense experiences would be unintelligible" assess the implications of this for empiricism.
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