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What's within? : nativism reconsidered

Author: Fiona Cowie
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Series: Philosophy of mind series.
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This iconoclastic book reconsiders the influential nativist position toward the mind. Nativists assert that some concepts, beliefs, or capacities are innate or inborn: "native" to the mind rather than acquired. Fiona Cowie argues that this view is mistaken, demonstrating that nativism is an unstable amalgam of two quite different - and probably inconsistent - theses about the mind. Unlike empiricists, who postulate  Read more...
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Cowie, Fiona, 1963-
What's within?.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1999
(DLC) 98005364
(OCoLC)38311898
Named Person: Noam Chomsky; Noam Chomsky; Noam Chomsky
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Fiona Cowie
ISBN: 0585255970 9780585255972
OCLC Number: 45727866
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 334 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: pt. I. The Historical Debate. 1. What Nativism Is Not. 2. What Nativism Is: I. The Hypothesis of Special Faculties. 3. What Nativism Is: II. The Mystery Hypothesis --
pt. II. Concept Acquisition: Problem or Mystery? 4. The Case Against Empiricism. 5. The Constitution Hypothesis. 6. Prospects for a Psychology of Concept Acquisition --
pt. III. The Fate of the Faculties Hypothesis. 7. Language-Learning: From Behaviorism to Nativism. 8. The Poverty of the Stimulus. 9. The Logical Problem of Language Acquisition. 10. The Role of Universal Grammar in Language-Learning. 11. Will the Evidence for Linguistic Nativisim Please Stand Up?
Series Title: Philosophy of mind series.
Responsibility: Fiona Cowie.
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Reconsidering the nativist position toward the mind, this text demonstrates that nativism is an unstable amalgam of two different theses about the mind. It examines recent empirical evidence from  Read more...

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What's Within? is one of the best recent books urging the resurgence of empiricism and should be given the kind of attention it deserves Australasian Journal of Philosophy

 
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