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Three Appraoches to Human Cognitive Development: Neo-Nativism, Standard Neuroconstructivism, and Dynamic Enskilment
The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (2014)
  • Mirko Farina
Abstract

In section 1, I introduce three approaches that explain human cognitive development from different standpoints: Marcus’ neo-nativism, standard neuroconstructivism, and neo-neuroconstructivism. In section 2, I assess Marcus’ attempt to reconcile nativism with developmental flexibility. In section 3, I argue that in structurally reconfiguring nativism, Marcus ends up transforming it out of a recognizable form, and claim that his view can be accommodated within the more general framework provided by standard neuroconstructivism. In section 4, I focus on recent empirical findings in neuropsychology and cultural/social neuroscience, and propose a significant revision to standard neuroconstructivism, thus developing the neo-neuroconstructivism view. I conclude the paper (section 5) by analyzing the implications of the results discussed in section 4 for both neo-nativism and standard neuroconstructivism.

Keywords
  • Neo-Nativism,
  • Standard Neuroconstructivism,
  • Dynamic Enskilment,
  • Brain Plasticity
Publication Date
2014
Citation Information
Mirko Farina. "Three Appraoches to Human Cognitive Development: Neo-Nativism, Standard Neuroconstructivism, and Dynamic Enskilment" The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mirko_farina/16/