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Cognitive Foundations of Natural History:
Towards an Anthropology of Science

by Scott Atran

ISBN 0521372933 / 9780521372930 / 0-521-37293-3
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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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. [via]