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    Hutto, Daniel D. Kirchhoff, Michael D. and Abrahamson, Dor 2015. The Enactive Roots of STEM: Rethinking Educational Design in Mathematics. Educational Psychology Review, Vol. 27, Issue. 3, p. 371.

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Acquiring a new concept is not explicable-by-content

  • Nicholas Shea (a1)
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  • Published online: 19 May 2011

Carey's book describes many cases in which children develop new concepts with expressive power that could not be constructed out of their input. How does she side-step Fodor's paradox of radical concept nativism? I suggest that it is by rejecting the tacit assumption that psychology can only explain concept acquisition when it occurs by rational inference or other transitions that are explicable-by-content.

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S. Carey (2009) The origin of concepts. Oxford University Press.

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