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The Innate Mind: Structure and Contents

Peter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence, and Stephen Stich


This is the first of three volumes 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. This book along with the following two volumes provide assess of nativist thought and a definitive reference point for future nativist inquiry. This book is concerned with 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 de ... More

Keywords: innateness, nativist thought, capacities, processes, representations, biases, connections

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195179675
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179675.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Carruthers, editor
University of Maryland
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Stephen Laurence, editor
University of Sheffield
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Stephen Stich, editor
Rutgers University
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1 Introduction

Tom Simpson, Peter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence, & Stephen Stich

Part I Architecture

6 Language and the Development of Spatial Reasoning*

Anna Shusterman & Elizabeth Spelke

Part II Language and concepts

11 Brass Tacks in Linguistic Theory

Stephen Crain, Andrea Gualmini, & Paul Pietroski

13 Number and Natural Language*

Stephen Laurence & Eric Margolis

Part III Theory of Mind

14 Parent‐Offspring Conflict and the Development of Social Understanding*

Daniel J. Povinelli, Christopher G. Prince, & Todd M. Preuss

Part IV Motivation

17 The Plausibility of Adaptations for Homicide

Joshua D. Duntley & David M. Buss

18 Resolving the Debate on Innate Ideas

John Tooby, Leda Cosmides, & H. Clark Barrett

End Matter