The Innate Mind: Structure And Contents

Paperback | November 16, 2005

EditorPeter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence, Stephen Stich

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This is the first volume of a projected three-volume set on the subject of innateness. The extent to which the mind is innate is one of the central questions in the human sciences, with important implications for many surrounding debates. By bringing together the top nativist scholars inphilosophy, psychology, and allied disciplines these volumes provide a comprehensive assessment of nativist thought and a definitive reference point for future nativist inquiry. The Innate Mind: Structure and Content, concerns the fundamental architecture of the mind, addressing such question as: What capacities, processes, representations, biases, and connections are innate? How do these innate elements feed into a story about the development of our mature cognitivecapacities, and which of them are shared with other members of the animal kingdom? The editors have provided an introduction giving some of the background to debates about innateness and introducing each of the subsequent essays, as well as a consolidated bibliography that will be a valuablereference resource for all those interested in this area. The volume will be of great importance to all researchers and students interested in the fundamental nature and powers of the human mind. Together, the three volumes in the series will 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 new understanding of our minds and their place in the naturalorder.

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This is the first volume of a projected three-volume set on the subject of innateness. The extent to which the mind is innate is one of the central questions in the human sciences, with important implications for many surrounding debates. By bringing together the top nativist scholars inphilosophy, psychology, and allied disciplines th...

Peter Carruthers is Professor and Chair in the Department of Philosophy at The University of Maryland. Stephen Laurence is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Co-Director at the Hang Seng Center for Cognitive Studies at University of Sheffield. Stephen Stich is Board of Governors Professor in the Department of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 1.1 inPublished:November 16, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of Contributors1. Tom Simpson, Peter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence, and Stephen Stich: Introduction: Nativism Past and PresentPART ONE: ARCHITECTURE2. Gary F. Marcus: What Developmental Biology Can Tell Us about Innateness3. Brian J. Scholl: Innateness and (Bayesian) Visual Perception: Reconciling Nativism and Development4. Dan Sperber: Modularity and Relevance: How Can a Massively Modular Mind Be Flexible and Context-Sensitive?5. Peter Carruthers: Distinctively Human Thinking: Modular Precursors and Components6. Anna Shusterman and Elizabeth Spelke: Language and the Development of Spatial Reasoning7. Richard Samuels: The Complexity of Cognition: Tractability Arguments for Massive Modularity8. Tom Simpson: Toward a Reasonable NativismPART TWO: LANGUAGE AND CONCEPTS9. Scott Atran: Strong versus Weak Adaptationism in Cognition and Language10. Mark C. Baker: The Innate Endowment for Language: Underspecified or Overspecified?11. Stephen Crain, Andrea Gualmini, and Paul Pietroski: Brass Tacks in Linguistic Theory: Innate Grammatical Principles12. Susan A. Gelman: Two Insights about Naming in the Preschool Child13. Stephen Laurence and Eric Margolis: Number and Natural LanguagePART THREE: THEORY OF MIND14. Daniel J. Povinelli, Christopher G. Prince, and Todd M. Preuss: Parent-Offspring Conflict and the Development of Social Understanding15. Susan C. Johnson: Reasoning about Intentionality in Preverbal Infants16. Helen Tager-Flusberg: What Neurodevelopmental Disorders Can Reveal about Cognitive Architecture: The Example of Theory of MindPART FOUR: MOTIVATION17. Joshua D. Duntley and David M. Buss: The Plausibility of Adaptations for Homicide18. John Tooby, Leda Cosmides, and a. Clark Barrett: Resolving the Debate on Innate Ideas: Learnability Constraints and the Evolved Interpenetration of Motivational and Conceptual Functions19. Joshua Greene: Cognitive Neuroscience and the Structure of the Moral Mind20. Shaun Nichols: Innateness and Moral PsychologyReferencesIndex

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"The Innate Mind is a must-have book, precisely because it brings together theory and research over so much of cognitive science..."--Thomas H. Leahey, PsycCritiques