Inborn Knowledge: The Mystery Within

2016.05.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Colin McGinn, Inborn Knowledge: The Mystery Within, MIT Press, 2015, 137pp., $32.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780262029391. Reviewed by
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2016.05.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Colin McGinn, Inborn Knowledge: The Mystery Within, MIT Press, 2015, 137pp., $32.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780262029391. Reviewed by Peter Carruthers, University of Maryland This book is mercifully short (just 102 smallish pages of main text). My review will attempt to match it for brevity. The book is framed around the contrast between Lockean empiricism and Cartesian nativism. Locke held that the contents of the mind are more-or-less veridically impressed upon it from without. McGinn devotes considerable time to arguing that this is untenable, on a variety of grounds. The mind is not, and cannot be, a blank slate. It has structure, resulting from the unfolding of a genetic program. But of course no contemporary empiricist denies this. Almost everyone now allows that our sensory systems embody implicit knowledge of the structure of the world. Indeed Fodor (1981, 2008), whose nativism is in many respects even more. . .

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