Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Why We Disagree About Human Nature$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Elizabeth Hannon and Tim Lewens

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198823650

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198823650.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 19 November 2019

Human Nature, Natural Pedagogy, and Evolutionary Causal Essentialism

Human Nature, Natural Pedagogy, and Evolutionary Causal Essentialism

Chapter:
(p.76) 4 Human Nature, Natural Pedagogy, and Evolutionary Causal Essentialism
Source:
Why We Disagree About Human Nature
Author(s):

Cecilia Heyes

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198823650.003.0005

The theory of natural pedagogy suggests that human infants genetically inherit a package of psychological adaptations that make them receptive to teaching. This chapter evaluates the theory of natural pedagogy, and makes it a test case for two recent theories of human nature: the nomological account and causal essentialism. However, neither of these theories captures firmly the explanatory project of which natural pedagogy is part. Instead, I offer a hybrid of the nomological account and causal essentialism, ‘evolutionary causal essentialism’. This captures both the evolutionary and the causal–explanatory characteristics of contemporary evolutionary psychology, broadly construed, and allows that natural pedagogy could be part of human nature even if, as this chapter argues, receptivity to teaching is culturally inherited.

Keywords:   natural pedagogy, cultural inheritance, evolutionary causal essentialism, nomological account of human nature, causal essentialism

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .