Mathematical cognition: a case of enculturation

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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 encultur- ated 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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOpen MIND
EditorsThomas Metzinger, Jennifer M. Windt
Place of PublicationFrankfurt am Main
PublisherMIND Group
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9783958570818, 9783958571020
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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