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The essential child : origins of essentialism in everyday thought, Susan A. Gelman

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The essential child : origins of essentialism in everyday thought
Title
The essential child
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origins of essentialism in everyday thought
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Susan A. Gelman
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Language
eng
Summary
"Essentialism is the idea that certain categories, such as "dog," "man," or "intelligence," have an underlying reality or true nature that gives objects their identity. In this book, Susan Gelman argues that essentialism is an early cognitive bias. During the preschool years, children spontaneously construct concepts and beliefs that reflect an essential bias. These concepts reflect a deep commitment to essentialism that leads children to look beyond the obvious in many converging ways. Gelman argues against the standard view of children as concrete or focused on the obvious and attacks claims that children build up their knowledge of the world based on simple, associative learning strategies. Gelman synthesizes over fifteen years of empirical research on essentialism into a unified framework and explores the broader lessons that the research imparts concerning, among other things, human concepts, children's thinking, and the ways in which language influences thought."--BOOK JACKET
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illustrations
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index present
LC call number
BF723.C27
LC item number
G45 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Oxford series in cognitive development
Target audience
specialized
The essential child : origins of essentialism in everyday thought, Susan A. Gelman
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The essential child : origins of essentialism in everyday thought, Susan A. Gelman
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Originally published: 2003
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [335]-367) and indexes
Contents
Ch. 1. Introduction -- Pt. I. The phenomena -- Ch. 2. The inductive potential of categories -- Ch. 3. Hidden, nonobvious properties -- Ch. 4. Children's conceptions of nature and nurture -- Ch. 5. Causal explanations, causal determinism -- Ch. 6. Conclusions to part I -- Pt. II. Mechanisms of acquisition -- Ch. 7. What parents say -- and do not say -- about essences -- Ch. 8. Essentialism in language -- Ch. 9. Theory theories and DAM theories -- Pt. III. Implications and speculations -- Ch. 10. Unfinished business -- Ch. 11. Why do we essentialize?
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24 cm.
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Extent
x, 382 p.
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9780195181982
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(pbk.)
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(OCoLC)57575902

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