Innate/Innateness

An idea, concept, capacity or piece of knowledge is innate if it is not derived from experience. Since the structure of the brain constrains or guides cognition in some way, some things must be innate. Therefore, the debate on innateness concerns just what is innate and whether or to what degree it counts as knowledge. Innateness has most recently been debated in the context of language acquisition. Chomsky et. al. argue for the innateness of linguistic knowledge.


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