Explain The Significance of Conceptual Frameworks

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Connor Wood Philosophy Dermot O'Keefe
Explain the significance of conceptual frameworks
Conceptual scheme/framework: The idea that experience is only intelligible as it
is because it presents sensation through a predetermined conceptual scheme
or framework; and the philosophical implications of this view. Conceptual
framework is the theory on how we understand and interpret our experience
through the 5 empirical senses and experience.
In this essay I will outline what conceptual frameworks are, in turn discussing
different Philosophers (and in cases Anthropologists) opinions and views on
this topic, whilst also including evidence and quotes where possible ­ then
concluding the essay by answering the title as a question.
It is essentially the field of application of thought where whilst a concept is created, it
is advanced and developed in order for it to provide an analytical speculative
representation, taking into account all aspects of a research for instance. In simple
words, it is a mental outline of a course of action taking into account full description of
a problem and the methodology leading up to desired outcomes.
In philosophy, a conceptual framework is reminiscent of a perspective from which an
altogether view of a matter or subject at hand could be gained. It is in this logic, that
all allegories, analogies, and examples are like viewpoints, different windows opening
up to life for instance, through where a whole new insight can be gained. For instance,
Plato uses the analogy of the cave to suggest that we are in this world like people
living in a cave content with only shadows of the big wide world outside, the actual
reality behind our physical existence where our perception is seriously limited to
only what we could see through the portal of our five senses.
A fairly recent topic of discussion in philosophy, a number of thinkers have realised
and shown us that we human beings don't all share the same concepts. Instead, we
have noticed that different cultures and their different languages work and fit with
different groups of concepts (conceptual scheme/framework).
The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis (conjured by Edward Sapir and Benjamin Whorf),
suggested that people think of the world in two distinguishable elements, the data of
the senses and then the interpretation of the senses. Culturally and linguistically,
people imposed different conceptual schemes to the data provided. Which is where
Sapir-Whorf comes in; they were struck but yet fascinated over the difficulties faced
in translating between different languages. Specifically for Whorf, a good example is
when he was working with Hopi Indians, he argued that the way they discussed time
could not be expressed in the English Language. However this isn't a reflection on
different languages, their language is reflection on how they think, of their concepts.
Conclusively their experience of time was different to someone raised in the English
language. So if people have different languages, and different conceptual schemes,
then they will result with different pictures of the universe. Good examples of
different interpretations include gender, nudity, food, ethics and art. For example
some cultures would never consent to males and females to be in the same room or

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Connor Wood Philosophy Dermot O'Keefe
building ­again this is because they have different conceptual schemes. Same goes
with art, when we think of art we imagine paintings and certain sculptures but when
certain cultures see buildings, they see it as art whilst we would just interpret it as a
Another philosopher who argued on conceptual schemes is Kant. He put forward that
David Hume's simple and passive view of perception, along with its scepticism is
completely wrong.…read more


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