The essentialist aspect of naive theories

@article{Strevens2000TheEA,
  title={The essentialist aspect of naive theories},
  author={Michael Strevens},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2000},
  volume={74},
  pages={149-175}
}
Recent work on children's inferences concerning biological and chemical categories has suggested that children (and perhaps adults) are essentialists - a view known as psychological essentialism. I distinguish three varieties of psychological essentialism and investigate the ways in which essentialism explains the inferences for which it is supposed to account. Essentialism succeeds in explaining the inferences, I argue, because it attributes to the child belief in causal laws connecting… CONTINUE READING
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