Introduction Nativism Past and Present

Tom Simpson, Peter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence, Stephen Stich

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This introductory chapter reviews some of the debates in philosophy, psychology, anthropology, evolutionary theory, and other cognitive sciences that provide a background for the topics with which this volume is concerned. Topics covered include the history of nativism, the poverty of the stimulus argument, the uniform and structure pattern followed by human cognitive development, evolution biology, and cognitive modularity. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Innate Mind
Subtitle of host publicationStructure and Contents
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199869794
ISBN (Print)9780195179675
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Cognitive modularity
  • Evolution biology
  • Human cognitive development
  • Nativism
  • Poverty of the stimulus


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