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Language’ role in enabling abstract, logical thought

  • James A. Hampton (a1)

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Carruthers’ thesis is undermined on the one hand by examples of integration of output from domain-specific modules that are independent of language, and on the other hand by examples of linguistically represented thoughts that are unable to integrate different domain-specific knowledge into a coherent whole. I propose a more traditional role for language in thought as providing the basis for the cultural development and transmission of domain-general abstract knowledge and reasoning skills.

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Language’ role in enabling abstract, logical thought

  • James A. Hampton (a1)

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