The developmental and evolutionary origins of psychological essentialism lie in sortal object individuation

Rakoczy, Hannes; Cacchione, Trix (2014). The developmental and evolutionary origins of psychological essentialism lie in sortal object individuation. Behavioral and brain sciences, 37(5), pp. 500-501. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S0140525X13003865

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Cimpian & Salomon (C&S) present promising steps towards understanding the cognitive underpinnings of adult essentialism. However, their approach is less convincing regarding ontogenetic and evolutionary aspects. In contrast to C&S's claim, the so-called inherence heuristic, though perhaps vital in adult reasoning, seems an implausible candidate for the developmental and evolutionary foundations of psychological essentialism. A more plausible candidate is kind-based object individuation that already embodies essentialist modes of thinking and that is present in infants and nonhuman primates.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Cacchione, Beatrix

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

0140-525X

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Sufi Abbaspour Chinjani

Date Deposited:

14 Apr 2015 16:06

Last Modified:

27 Apr 2018 09:25

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/S0140525X13003865

PubMed ID:

25388049

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.64100

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/64100

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