Conceptual Atomism (CA) is the view that psychological concepts are atoms (no internal structure, no necessary relations to other concepts). CA is a psychological/semantic theory. I show that CA has become mixed up with a separate, meta-semantic project that seeks to naturalize content, and that this Naturalized Conceptual Atomism has ended up in the self-defeating position of positing non-atomic structures for a large number of concepts. The solution is to separate the two projects again, and allow them to develop on their own.

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Cognitive Science Technical Report Series
Department of Cognitive Science

Scott, Sam. (2001). The Psychological Implausibility of Naturalized Content. Technical Report 2001-05. Cognitive Science Technical Report Series. Department of Cognitive Science.