AltanaESP Glossary

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Approved 13 September, 2021 @ 9:34am by Jan Viljoen (version: 7)


A concept is a cognitive unit of meaning… an abstract idea or a mental symbol sometimes also defined as a “unit of knowledge” which is “built” or constructed from other units which act as concept characteristics. A concept is typically associated with a corresponding representation in a language or semioticsplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSemiotics:

The study of signs and symbols as elements of communicative behavior. The analysis of systems of communication, such as language, gestures or clothing.
of such as a word or idea.

Thus, concepts are ideas, mental images and/or constructs that correspond to some distinct entity or class of entities or its essential features, or determines the application of a term and thus plays an essential part in the use of reason and/or language.