In February I posted about a day in Sedbergh the book town with marvellous weather for the time of year.
In addition to the The Big Book of Concepts book, I bought a copy of Peter Gärdenfors' Conceptual Spaces. Oh, to be able to take a measured and systematic approach to this....!
I'm only just up to chapter 3 and it's a fascinating book. The ideas make this a key reference for anyone studying Hodges' model (and much more besides).
The preface sums up much about some of the problems researching* Hodges' model:
"... I will satisfy no one. Philosophers will complain that my arguments are weak; psychologists will point to a wealth of evidence about concept formation that I have not accounted for; linguists will indict me for glossing over the intricacies of language in my analysis of semantics; and computer scientists will ridicule me for not developing algorithms for the various processes that I describe."The subtitle - The Geometry of Thought - says it all. There are so many key concepts here. I'm looking forward to chasing the references cited and other works. I don't vandalise books usually, but hey it's summer almost and the highlighter is doing its thing. The questions run thick and fast....
- Is Hodges' model one conceptual space or four...?
- What quality dimensions can I identify?
- What quality dimensions could a h2cm community identify?
- What existing multidimensional scaling work exists in health and social care?
*or at least trying to research...