Doubts about a unified cognitive theory of taxonomic knowledge and its memic status

Ellen, Roy F. (1998) Doubts about a unified cognitive theory of taxonomic knowledge and its memic status. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 21 (4). 572-+. ISSN 0140-525X. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The evidence for a panhuman, cognitively rooted, essence-based concept of basic natural kind and for certain prototypical phenomenal forms is increasingly compelling, but there remain doubts as to whether these two elements combine with a principle of taxonomy to form a unified, domain-specific theory in the way Atran claims. The appropriateness of the notion of meme can also be questioned, as can the assertion that humans are always grouped in ethnobiological classifications in unambiguous contrast to other animals.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: R.F. Xu
Date Deposited: 01 May 2009 14:56
Last Modified: 19 May 2014 08:55
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/17706 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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