Videos footage from RuCCS Colloquium Talks can be found on the RuCCS YouTube Channel. For all other events, please check the sponsor's website for more detail.

To filter by event category, click on the event category link in the table below or use the menu on the right.

List of Past Events

The Real Challenge of Locke's Critique of Nativism

Dr. Raffaella De Rosa

Thursday, December 09, 2010, 12:00pm - 07:00pm

Rutgers University, Department of Philosophy

Copy to My Calendar (iCal) Download as iCal file

This paper offers a new interpretation of Locke's  challenge to the doctrine of innateness. I disagree with recent claims that Locke's arguments undermine nativism. But I also argue that this conclusion does not diminish their lasting contribution to the old and new debate over concept acquisition. Their lasting contribution consists in raising awareness-- among among nativists of all times -- of the necessity to be clear about the nature of the hidden structure of thought. More precisely, why is this hidden structure specified in intentional as opposed to non-intentional terms?  And what are the motivations underlying each specification? This is the real challenge of Locke's critique of nativism.  I reach these conclusions by first laying out the varieties of dispositional nativism that Locke was attacking;  by  discussing the basic structure of Locke's arguments and, finally, by assessing their strengths and weaknesses.

Dr. Raffaella De Rosa