“Concept nativism and neural plasticity”, with Laurence, S., in The Conceptual Mind: New Directions in the Study of Concepts (MIT Press), 2015, pp. 117-147
“Abstraction and the origin of general ideas” with Laurence, S., Philosophers’ Imprint, 12, 2012, pp. 1-22
My research focuses on questions that arise at the intersection of the philosophy of mind and the cognitive sciences. I am especially interested in the developmental origins of the human conceptual system, the relationship between language and thought, and the explanation of distinctively human cognition. I am also interested in the implications of this work for questions about general philosophical methodology.
Recent and Upcoming Presentations
“Concept nativism as an inference to the best explanation”, 2015. The Origins of Thought: Early Cognitive Abilities. University of the Basque Country. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
“Innate ideas in the contemporary nativism-empiricism debate”, 2014. The Innateness Hypothesis: Then and Now, Rutgers. Newark, NJ USA