Innateness and Contemporary Theories of Cognition

[Revised entry by Jerry Samet and Deborah Zaitchik on August 29, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Nativism and Empiricism are rival approaches to questions about the origins of
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[Revised entry by Jerry Samet and Deborah Zaitchik on August 29, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Nativism and Empiricism are rival approaches to questions about the origins of knowledge. Roughly speaking, Nativists hold that important elements of our understanding of the world are innate, that they are part of our initial condition, and thus do not have to be learned from experience. Empiricists deny this, claiming that all knowledge is...

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