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The Consciousness ParadoxConsciousness, Concepts, and Higher-Order Thoughts$
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Rocco J. Gennaro

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016605

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016605.001.0001

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Concept Acquisition and Infant Consciousness

Concept Acquisition and Infant Consciousness

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(p.185) 7 Concept Acquisition and Infant Consciousness
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The Consciousness Paradox
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Rocco J. Gennaro

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016605.003.0007

This chapter focuses on the Acquisition and Infant Theses, which state that the majority of concepts are acquired and that infants are conscious. By accepting these assumptions, issues of innateness and the recent work in developmental psychology are addressed. Infant consciousness is consistent with HOT theory; infants are capable of having at least primitive forms of the requisite higher-order or metapsychological thoughts. This chapter also aims to show that the accusation that conceptualism is inconsistent with concept learning is false, through arguments set against those by Adina Roskies. After an explanation of the “real hard problem,” one argument is presented against radical nativism and another for “core nativism.” Another goal of this chapter is to show that HOT Theory and conceptualism are consistent with the Acquisition and Infant Theses.

Keywords:   developmental psychology, Acquisition and Infant Theses, infant consciousness, HOT theory, metapsychological thoughts, conceptualism, Adina Roskies, real hard problem, core nativism

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