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Cognitive Foundations of Natural History Towards an Anthropology of Science

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ISBN-10: 0521438713

ISBN-13: 9780521438711

Edition: N/A

Authors: Scott Atran

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What is it about human nature that makes our species capable of thinking scientifically? Inspired by a debate between Noam Chomsky and Jean Piaget, Scott Atran traces the development of natural history from Aristotle to Darwin, and demonstrates how the science of plants and animals has emerged from the common conceptions of folkbiology. The author proceeds not only from the more traditional philosophical, historical or sociological perspectives, but from a point of view he considers more basic and necessary to all of these: that of cognition.
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Book details

List price: $47.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/29/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Common Sense: Its Scope and Limits
In the beginning ....
A basic level
Exceptions that prove the rule
Family fragments
The Semantics of Living Kinds
Domain specificity
Meaning as a motley
Nature and necessity
Phenomenal reality and nomic theory
Kinds of natural kinds
Aristotelian Essentials
Essence and Environment
Essentialism reconsidered
Form and matter
Materials of Logical Division
Genos and Eidos
Division and assembly
Failure's triumph
From Herbals to Systems
Origins of the Species Concept
Back to nature
Charting new territory
Species forever
Omnia ex ovo
The Nature of the Genus
Fruits of reason
Trial and error
Art and intuition
Paradise regained
The Scientific Breakaway
The Method of Families and Classes
Stress and strain
And the walls came tumbling down
Piecing together the fragments
End of series
Science, Symbolism and Common Sense
Savage savvy
Cognitive "pathogenesis"
Plants as animals
The analogy of nature
Man dethroned
Dispositions to susceptibilities
Rudiments of the Linnaean Hierarchy: Towards an Anthropology of Science
Milestones of Natural History