The Origin of Concepts

Course Description: 

The course provides an introduction into current-day philosophically inspired cognitive developmental theory and evolutionary perspectives of the nature of human concepts and their origins. The core reading for the course will be the book by Susan Carey entitled `The Origin of Concepts` (OUP, 2009). The in-depth reading and discussion of this representative book and some additional papers will cover the comparative analysis of the nature of processes of conceptual change, reorganization, and theory construction in cognitive development on the one hand, and in history of science, on the other. 

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of the course, students should be able to assess how research on cognitive development informs theories of conceptual thought


for Grade

Participation in class discussion (20%) Leading a discussion (30%) End-of-term essay (50%).