Conceptual Spaces: Elaborations and Applications

  • Mauri Kaipainen
  • Frank Zenker
  • Antti Hautamäki
  • Peter Gärdenfors

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 405)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Mauri Kaipainen, Frank Zenker, Antti Hautamäki, Peter Gärdenfors
    Pages 1-4
  3. Concepts, Perception and Knowledge

  4. Evolving Concepts

  5. Concepts and Disciplines

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Joe Bolt, Bob Coecke, Fabrizio Genovese, Martha Lewis, Dan Marsden, Robin Piedeleu
      Pages 151-181

About this book


This edited book focuses on concepts and their applications using the theory of conceptual spaces, one of today’s most central tracks of cognitive science discourse. It features 15 papers based on topics presented at the Conceptual Spaces @ Work 2016 conference.

The contributors interweave both theory and applications in their papers. Among the first mentioned are studies on metatheories, logical and systemic implications of the theory, as well as relations between concepts and language. Examples of the latter include explanatory models of paradigm shifts and evolution in science as well as dilemmas and issues of health, ethics, and education.

The theory of conceptual spaces overcomes many translational issues between academic theoretization and practical applications. The paradigm is mainly associated with structural explanations, such as categorization and meronomy. However, the community has also been relating it to relations, functions, and systems.

The book presents work that provides a geometric model for the representation of human conceptual knowledge that bridges the symbolic and the sub-conceptual levels of representation. The model has already proven to have a broad range of applicability beyond cognitive science and even across a number of disciplines related to concepts and representation.


Cognitive Science Conceptual Spaces Conceptual Spaces Categorization Conceptual Spaces Meronomy Conceptual Spaces Relations Conceptual Spaces Functions Conceptual Spaces Systems Conceptual Spaces Metatheories Conceptual Spaces Logic Conceptual Spaces language Conceptual Spaces @work Conceptual Spaces ethics Conceptual Spaces Education Conceptual Spaces Health Conceptual Spaces Semantics Conceptual Spaces Ontology Conceptual spaces Artificial Intelligence Conceptual Spaces Embodied Cognition Conceptual Spaces Perspectivism

Editors and affiliations

  • Mauri Kaipainen
    • 1
  • Frank Zenker
    • 2
  • Antti Hautamäki
    • 3
  • Peter Gärdenfors
    • 4
  1. 1.Perspicamus LTDHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.International Center for Formal OntologyWarsaw University of TechnologyWarsawPoland
  3. 3.Department of Social Sciences and PhilosophyUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  4. 4.Cognitive ScienceLund UniversityKungshuset, Lundagard, LundSweden

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