The Central Problem of Cognitive Science: The Rationalist–Empiricist Divide

Journal of Mind and Behavior 29 (1-2) (2008)
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One of the oldest and most fundamental distinctions and disputes of classical epistemology is that between the rationalists and empiricists. In recent decades, partly due to the increasing influence of evolutionary thought in psychology, the argument has become central in cognitive science as well, but it will remain empirically intractable until further advances occur in neurogenetics, neuroscience, and how these tie in to fundamental psychological mechanisms and processes



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