TY - CHAP
A2 - Metzinger, Thomas K.
A2 - Windt, Jennifer M.
AB - 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.
AU - Menary, Richard
CY - Frankfurt am Main
DO - 10.15502/9783958570818
KW - 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
LA - English
PB - MIND Group
PY - 2015
SE - 25(T)
SN - 9783958570818
ST - Mathematical Cognition: A Case of Enculturation
T2 - Open MIND
TI - Mathematical Cognition: A Case of Enculturation
UR - http://open-mind.net/papers/mathematical-cognition-a-case-of-enculturation
ID - 25