Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Innate: abilities, ideas, dispositions, which are not acquired in the course of a development, but are present in an organism from the outset. - In philosophy N. Chomsky and J. Locke are relevant authors on this topic.
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Vollmer, Gerhard
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Innateness I 19
Innate/innate ideas/innate things/Vollmer: E.g. motion vision, color vision, sense of time, depth perception, so the "ability to interpret two-dimensional retinal images in three dimensions - consistency performances: recognition, form categories (classes, terms), knowledge of human faces, smile and anger facial expression, the optical fixing of a sound source (even if born blind), language ability, need for speaking - partly innate: intelligence, musicality, logical structures (e.g. modus ponens, biologically realized by the ability to form certain reflexes), elementary mathematical structures (e.g. group structures and forming invariants). Possibly causal thinking - VollmerVsEmpirism: most programs are already incorporated at birth and they consistently fit to our environment.

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G. Vollmer
Die Natur der Erkenntnis Bd I Stuttgart 1988

G. Vollmer
Die Natur der Erkenntnis Bd II Stuttgart 1988

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