New concepts can be learned: Susan Carey, The Origin of Concepts, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009 [Book Review]

Biology and Philosophy 26 (1):129 - 139 (2011)

Nicholas Shea
School of Advanced Study, University of London
Many have doubted whether the transition to genuinely new representational resources is susceptible to psychological explanation. In The Origin of Concepts (O.U.P. 2009), Susan Carey makes a strong empirical case for the existence of discontinuities in conceptual development. Carey also offers a plausible psychological explanation of some of these transitions, in particular of the child’s acquisition of the ability to represent natural numbers. The combination amounts to a forceful answer to puzzles about the learnability of new representations.
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DOI 10.1007/s10539-009-9187-5
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