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What's Within?: Nativism Reconsidered

Fiona Cowie

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195159783
eISBN:
9780199849529
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159783.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This book reconsiders the influential nativist position toward the mind. Nativists assert that some concepts, beliefs, or capacities are innate or inborn: “native” to the mind rather than acquired. ... More


Language–Learning From Behaviorism to Nativism

Fiona Cowie

in What's Within?: Nativism Reconsidered

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195159783
eISBN:
9780199849529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159783.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

In contrast to the empiricist view, which states how all learning involves general strategies that can be applied in various fields and learning from experience, the nativist view explains how the ... More


Chomsky's Saussure

Roy Harris

in Saussure and his Interpreters

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748613083
eISBN:
9780748652334
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613083.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter analyses Noam Chomsky's view and interpretation of Ferdinand de Saussure's ideas about linguistics, explaining that there seems to be no indication that Chomsky had ever read or paid any ... More


Could There Be a Science of Rationality?

Donald Davidson

in Problems of Rationality

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2004
ISBN:
9780198237549
eISBN:
9780191601378
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198237545.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Asks whether there could be a science of rationality, and proposes as an answer — Davidson's own Unified Theory of speech and action, drawing heavily on formal decision theories for explaining ... More


What Nativism Is Not

Fiona Cowie

in What's Within?: Nativism Reconsidered

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195159783
eISBN:
9780199849529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159783.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

It can be observed that the doctrine of innate ideas may be as old as philosophy itself, as it may be one of the most basic conceptions. The notion that the character of our mental faculties is ... More


What Is Folk Psychology?

Stephen P. Stich and Ian Ravenscroft

in Deconstructing the Mind

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195126662
eISBN:
9780199868322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195126661.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

A central premise in eliminativist arguments is that terms like “belief” and “desire” can be viewed as theoretical terms, in a tacit or unconscious theory of the mind, often called “folk psychology.” ... More


Connectionism and Three Levels of Nativism

William Ramsey and Stephen Stich

in Collected Papers, Volume 1: Mind and Language, 1972–2010

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199734108
eISBN:
9780190267513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199734108.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter explores the relation between connectionism and Chomsky's arguments for the existence of innate knowledge. Along the way, it proposes to defend a pair of interrelated conclusions. The ... More


Interpreting the Interpreters

Roy Harris

in Saussure and his Interpreters

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748613083
eISBN:
9780748652334
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613083.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter discusses the interpreters of the ideas of Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure. It explains the these interpreters were chosen to provide a better understanding of what the fate of ... More


Two Theories of Meaning

Brian Loar

in Consciousness and Meaning: Selected Essays

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780199673353
eISBN:
9780191758935
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673353.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

The two theories are Donald Davidson’s theory that a Tarski-style truth theory for a language can serve as a meaning theory for that language and the Gricean theory of intention-based semantics. Loar ... More


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