Development and Culture

Gennaro Auletta

in Cognitive Biology

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199608485
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729539 | DOI:
Development and Culture

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After having recalled Piaget’s main contribution to epigeny, his historical work on children’s postnatal development is considered. Then, some expansions of these frameworks into both directions, that of ontogeny and that of culture and social interaction, are worked out. The question of up to which point it is possible to speak of innate endowment of the child is raised. Finally, the important issue of culture is examined.

Keywords: Piaget; epigeny; post-natal development; ontogeny; learning; innate endowment; culture; self-canalization

Chapter.  10197 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Physics

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