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The vernacular concept of innateness

Griffiths, P and MacHery, E and Linquist, S (2009) The vernacular concept of innateness. Mind and Language, 24 (5). 605 - 630. ISSN 0268-1064

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The proposal that the concept of innateness expresses a 'folk biological' theory of the 'inner natures' of organisms was tested by examining the response of biologically naive participants to a series of realistic scenarios concerning the development of birdsong. Our results explain the intuitive appeal of existing philosophical analyses of the innateness concept. They simultaneously explain why these analyses are subject to compelling counterexamples. We argue that this explanation undermines the appeal of these analyses, whether understood as analyses of the vernacular concept or as explications of that concept for the purposes of science. © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Griffiths, P
MacHery, Emachery@pitt.eduMACHERY
Linquist, S
Date: 1 November 2009
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Mind and Language
Volume: 24
Number: 5
Page Range: 605 - 630
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1111/j.1468-0017.2009.01376.x
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0268-1064
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2013 19:15
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 00:55


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