Mathematical cognition

a case of enculturation

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Abstract

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
Pages1-20
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9783958570818, 9783958571020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Menary, R. (2015). Mathematical cognition: a case of enculturation. In T. Metzinger, & J. M. Windt (Eds.), Open MIND (pp. 1-20). Frankfurt am Main: MIND Group. https://doi.org/10.15502/9783958570818