%0 Book Section
%A Menary, Richard
%D 2015
%T Mathematical Cognition: A Case of Enculturation
%E Metzinger, Thomas K.
%E Windt, Jennifer M.
%B Open MIND
%C Frankfurt am Main
%I MIND Group
%& 25(T)
%! Mathematical Cognition: A Case of Enculturation
%@ 9783958570818
%R 10.15502/9783958570818
%X Most thinking about cognition proceeds on the assumption that we are born with our primary cognitive faculties intact and they simply need to mature, or be fine-tuned by learning mechanisms. Alternatively, a growing number of thinkers are aligning themselves to the view that a process of enculturation transforms our basic biological faculties. What evidence is there for this process of enculturation? A long period of development, learning-driven plasticity, and a cultural environment suffused with practices, symbols, and complex social interactions all speak in its favour. In this paper I will sketch in outline the commitments of the enculturated approach and then look at the case of mathematical cognition as a central example of enculturation. I will then defend the account against several objections.
%K 4e cognition, Ancient number system, Arithmetical cognition, Cognitive integration, Cultural inheritance, Discrete number system, Enculturation, Evolution of cognition, Evolutionary continuity, Mathematical cognition, Niche construction, Symbol systems, Symbolic thought
%U http://open-mind.net/papers/mathematical-cognition-a-case-of-enculturation
%G English