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Francis Garden - 1878 - Table of contents

Diccionario filosófico
Complete edition

Diccionario de Filosofía
Brief definition of the most important concepts of philosophy.


A Dictionary of English Philosophical Terms Francis Garden

Vocabulary of Philosophy, Psychological, Ethical, Metaphysical
William Fleming

Biografías y semblanzas Biographical references and lives of philosophers

Brief introduction to the thought of Ortega y Gasset

History of Philosophy Summaries

Historia de la Filosofía
Explanation of the thought of the great philosophers; summaries, exercises...

Historia de la Filosofía
Digital edition of the History of Philosophy by Jaime Balmes

Historia de la Filosofía
Digital edition of the History of Philosophy by Zeferino González

Vidas, opiniones y sentencias de los filósofos más ilustres
Complete digital edition of the work of Diogenes Laertius

Compendio de las vidas de los filósofos antiguos

A brief history of Greek Philosophy
B. C. Burt


A Short History of Philosophy




Concept, Conception

Concept, Conception. Conception is the faculty, and also the act, of forming a notion of the perceived object. Mere perception would not amount to this. Plainly it would do no more than reveal to us the existence of something external to the perceiving mind, would do nothing towards an answer to the question what that object is. Conception has been called by most English logical writers by the name of apprehension. Both are sufficiently significant, but conception has a larger grasp, and gives us the paronym concept, so that it is on the whole to be preferred. It is good to have separate words for a faculty, and an individual product of such faculty.


Accordingly concept has been of late introduced to denote a separate act of conception. I should rather say re-introduced, for it was thus employed by our older writers in the form conceit. That which is essentially the same word with concept has, however, gone into another groove of meaning, and consequently could not be conveniently revived in its old sense.

A concept expressed is called a term, whether consisting of one word or of several.



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