The Innate Mind: Foundations and the Future Volume 3

Paperback | February 7, 2008

byPeter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence, Stephen Stitch

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This is the third volume of a three-volume set on The Innate Mind. The extent to which cognitive structures, processes, and contents are innate is one of the central questions concerning the nature of the mind, with important implications for debates throughout the human sciences. Bybringing together the top nativist scholars in philosophy, psychology, and allied disciplines these columes provide a comphrensive assessment of nativist thought and a definitive regerence point for future nativist inquiry. The Innate Mind: Volume 3: Foundations and the Future, concerns a variety offoundational issues, as well as questions about the direction of future nativist research. It addresses such questions as: What is innateness? Is it a confused notion? What is at stake in debates between nativists and empiricists? What is the relationship between genes and innateness? How doinnate structures and learned information interact to produce adult forms of cognition, e.g. about number, and how does such learning take place? Waht innate abilities underlie the creative aspect of language sue, and of creative cognition generally? What are the innate foundations of humanmotivation, and of human moral cognition? In the course of their discussions, many of the contributors pose the question (whether explicitly or implicitly): Where next for nativist research? Together, these three volumes provide the most intensive and richly cross-disciplinary investigation of nativism ever undertaken. They point the way toward a synthesis of nativist work that promises to provide a powerful picture of our minds and their place in the natural order.

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This is the third volume of a three-volume set on The Innate Mind. The extent to which cognitive structures, processes, and contents are innate is one of the central questions concerning the nature of the mind, with important implications for debates throughout the human sciences. Bybringing together the top nativist scholars in phil...

Peter Carruthers is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland. Stephen Laurence is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. Stephen Stitch is a Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 1.18 inPublished:February 7, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of Contributors1. IntroductionPart One: Innateness, Genes, and the Poverty of the Stimulus2. Is Innateness a Confused Concept?3. Geners, Environments, and Concepts of Biological Inheritance4. Innateness and Genetic Information5. Genes and Human Psychological Traits6. Poverty of the Stimulus Arguments Concerning Language and Fold PsychologyPart Two: Innateness and Cognitive Development7. Where the Integers Come From8. Linguistic Determinism and the Innate Basis of Number9. Learning "about " Versus Learning "from" Other Minds: The System of Human Pedagogy and its Implications10. Rational Statistical Inference and Cognitive Development11. Of Pigeons, Humans, Langauge and the MindPart Three: Language, Creativity, and Cognition12. The Creative Aspect of Langauge Use and Non-Biological Nativism13. The Creative-Action Theory of Creativity14. Space and the Language-Cognition InterfacePart Four: Culture, Motivation, and Morality15. Innate Constraints on Judgement an Decision Making?: Insights from Non-Human Primates16. Adaptationism, Cutlure, and the Malleability of Human Nature17. Some Innate Foudnations of Social and Moral Cognition18. Two Theories About the Cognitive Architecture Underlying Morality19. The Moral Mind: How Five Sets of Innate Moral Institutions Guide the Development of Many Culture-Specific Virtues, and Perhaps Even ModulesReferencesIndex