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Readership: Scholars and graduate students in linguistics, philosophy, cognitive science, and psychology. Is also designed to be used as a text in language and mind courses in departments of linguistics and philosophy.
Wolfram Hinzen, Professor of Philosophy, University of Durham
"Overall, Hinzen has done a tremendous job of blending many of the leading ideas of a range of disciplines into an always thoughtful and, to my mind, largely convincing picture of where our best science of language and mind is and should be going" - John Collins, Journal of Linguistics
Part I: Naturally Human
1.1: Humans as natural objects
1.2: The study of human nature
1.3: Human design
1.4: The fate of human nature in the twentieth century
2: Against metaphysical naturalism
2.1: From methodological to metaphysical naturalism
2.2: Rationalist method from Galileo to Chomsky
2.3: Double standards
3: Biological internalism
3.1: Biology before unification
3.2: Mind as function: A critique
3.3: God or natural selection or . . . ?
3.4: 3.4 Epilogue on explanation and necessity
Part II: Deducing Variation
4: Prior to function
4.1: Language growth
4.2: Language and communication
4.3: Language as a social construct
5: Beyond the autonomy of syntax
5.1: What is syntax?
5.2: Explanation in linguistic theory
5.3: Human phrase structure
5.4: Transforming the phrase
5.5: Why is there movement?
5.6: The proper interpretation of LF/SEM
Part III: Rational Mind
6: Good Design!
6.1: Phases and cascades: Beyond LF
6.2: Epistemology for mental organs