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dc.contributor.authorBuskell, Andrew
dc.date.accessioned2021-10-19T15:42:42Z
dc.date.available2021-10-19T15:42:42Z
dc.date.issued2020-03-03
dc.date.submitted2019-11-01
dc.identifier.issn0039-7857
dc.identifier.others11229-020-02585-4
dc.identifier.other2585
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/329611
dc.description.abstractAbstract: Recent work has established a framework for explaining the origin of cognitive novelties—qualitatively distinct cognitive traits—in human beings. This niche construction approach argues that humans engineer epistemic environments in ways that facilitate the ontogenetic and phylogenetic development of such novelties. I here argue that attention to the organized relations between content-carrying informational vehicles, or informational form, is key to a valuable explanatory strategy within this project, what I call structural-causal explanations. Drawing on recent work from Cecilia Heyes, and developing a case study around a novel mathematical capacity, I demonstrate how structural-causal explanations can contribute to the niche construction approach by underwriting the application of explanatory tools and generating new empirical targets.
dc.languageen
dc.publisherSpringer Netherlands
dc.subjectArticle
dc.subjectCognitive evolution
dc.subjectCultural evolution
dc.subjectNovelties
dc.subjectExplanation
dc.titleCognitive novelties, informational form, and structural-causal explanations
dc.typeArticle
dc.date.updated2021-10-19T15:42:41Z
prism.endingPage8553
prism.issueIdentifier9
prism.publicationNameSynthese
prism.startingPage8533
prism.volume198
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.77060
dcterms.dateAccepted2020-02-17
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1007/s11229-020-02585-4
rioxxterms.versionVoR
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.contributor.orcidBuskell, Andrew [0000-0001-6939-2848]
dc.identifier.eissn1573-0964
pubs.funder-project-idJohn Templeton Foundation (60501)
pubs.funder-project-idIsaac Newton Trust (GB) (G101655)
pubs.funder-project-idLeverhulme Trust (RG95309)


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