Rebooting the bootstrap argument

Two puzzles for bootstrap theories of concept development

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Abstract

The Origin of Concepts sets out an impressive defense of the view that children construct entirely new systems of concepts. We offer here two questions about this theory. First, why doesn't the bootstrapping process provide a pattern for translating between the old and new systems, contradicting their claimed incommensurability? Second, can the bootstrapping process properly distinguish meaning change from belief change?.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-146
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology

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In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 34, No. 3, 01.06.2011, p. 145-146.

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