What, When and How do the Models of Conceptual Change Explain?

Abstract

There are certain theoretical issues in conceptual change research that are still puzzling researchers. First, there is no agreement on what kinds of changes in belief and concept systems constitute conceptual change. Second, there is no consensus on what the mechanisms of conceptual change are. Third, there is no common understanding how to explain, model and describe in an exact way these underlying mechanisms. In this paper, we offer a diagnostic analysis these issues by reviewing current theories of conceptual change in a framework of mechanistic explanations of cognitive phenomena, and present a possible sketch for explanations of conceptual change


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