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Title: How Should We Study Concepts in the Cognitive Sciences?
Subtitle: The Example of Memory
Author(s): HIBBERT, Ruth
Journal: Logique et Analyse
Volume: 228 Date: 2014
There is considerable variation in the concept of memory employed in different branches of the cognitive and social sciences. This paper is about how a philosopher of science can make sense of this divergence. First I consider the reasons for focussing on concepts specifically. Then I pose a question about the classifying practices of scientists, and consider various methods for investigating the answer. I defend a historically situated case study method as the best option, and suggest some appropriate case studies for the example of the concept of memory.