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    Deontic reasoning, modules and innateness: a second look

    Chater, N. and Oaksford, Mike (1996) Deontic reasoning, modules and innateness: a second look. Mind & Language 11 (2), pp. 191-202. ISSN 0268-1064.

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    Cummins (this issue) puts the case for an innate module for deontic reasoning. We argue that this case is not persuasive. First, we claim that Cummins’evolutionary arguments are neutral regarding whether deontic reasoning is learned or innate. Second, we argue that task differences between deontic and indicative reasoning explain many of the phenomena that Cummins takes as evidence for a deontic module. Third, we argue against the suggestion that deontic reasoning is superior to indicative reasoning, either in adults or children. Finally, we re-evaluate Cummins’interpretation of differences in children's performance on deontic and indicative versions of Wason's selection task.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
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    Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2016 16:42
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