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The Innate Mind: Volume 2: Culture and Cognition

Peter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence, and Stephen Stich


This book is the second of a three-volume set on the subject of innateness. The book is highly interdisciplinary, and addresses such question as: to what extent are mature cognitive capacities a reflection of particular cultures and to what extent are they a product of innate elements? How do innate elements interact with culture to achieve mature cognitive capacities? How do minds generate and shape cultures? How are cultures processed by minds?

Keywords: cognitive capacities, culture, innate elements, the mind, innateness, evolutionary psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195310139
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310139.001.0001


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, Stephen Stich, Peter Carruthers, & Stephen Laurence

Part I Learning, Culture, and Evolution

2 Culture, Adaptation, and Innateness

Robert Boyd & Peter J. Richerson

8 Mental Number Lines

Marcus Giaquinto

Part II Modularity and Cognitive Architecture

9 Modularity in Language and Theory of Mind

Michael Siegal & Luca Surian

10 Culture and Modularity

Dan Sperber & Lawrence Hirschfeld

Part III Morality, Norms, and Religion

17 A Framework for the Psychology of Norms

Chandra Sekhar Sripada & Stephen Stich

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