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Necessary Knowledge

Henry Plotkin


This book takes on one of the big questions at the heart of the cognitive sciences — what knowledge do we possess at birth, and what do we learn along the way? It is now widely accepted that evolution, individual development, and individual learning can no longer be studied in isolation from each other — they are inextricably linked. Therefore any successful theory must integrate these elements, and somehow relate them to human culture. Clearly we learn from the world around us, but that learning is skewed towards specific things about the world. We do not just attend to and learn about every ... More

Keywords: cognitive sciences, individual development, individual learning, human culture, constraints, innate representational knowledge, blank slate theories

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780198568285
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568285.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry Plotkin, author
Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University College London, UK