Neural plasticity and concepts ontogeny

@article{Plebe2016NeuralPA,
  title={Neural plasticity and concepts ontogeny},
  author={Alessio Plebe and Marco Mazzone},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2016},
  volume={193},
  pages={3889-3929}
}
Neural plasticity has been invoked as a powerful argument against nativism. However, there is a line of argument, which is well exemplified by Pinker (The blank slate: the modern denial of human nature, Penguin, New York, 2002) and more recently by Laurence and Margolis (in: Laurence and Margolis (eds) The conceptual mind: new directions in the study of concepts, MIT, Cambridge, 2015) with respect to concept nativism, according to which even extreme cases of plasticity show important innate… CONTINUE READING