The Essential Child: Origins of Essentialism in Everyday Thought

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Essentialism is the idea that certain categories, such as "dog," "man," or "intelligence," have an underlying reality or true nature that gives objects their identity. Where does this idea come from? In this book, Susan Gelman argues that essentialism is an early cognitive bias. Young children's concepts reflect a deep commitment to essentialism, and this commitment leads children to look beyond the obvious in many converging ways: when learning words, generalizing knowledge to new category members, reasoning about the ...

The Essential Child: Origins of Essentialism in Everyday Thought 2005, Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN-13: 9780195181982

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The Essential Child: Origins of Essentialism in Everyday Thought 2003, Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780195154061

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