Is mathematical competence innate?

Philosophy of Science 62 (2):227-40 (1995)
Despite a vast philosophical literature on the epistemology of mathematics and much speculation about how, in principle, knowledge of this domain is possible, little attention has been paid to the psychological findings and theories concerning the acquisition, comprehension and use of mathematical knowledge. This contrasts sharply with recent philosophical work on language where comparable issues and problems arise. One topic that is the center of debate in the study of mathematical cognition is the question of innateness. This paper critically examines the controversy
Keywords Competence  Knowledge  Mathematics  Psychology  Science
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