Innateness and the Structure of the Mind
The AHRC Innateness and the Structure of the Mind project (2001-2004) was a major three-year interdisciplinary project based in the Philosophy Department at the University of Sheffield. The project was funded primarily through a major research grant of £310,000 from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (to the Project Director, Stephen Laurence).
The project brought together top scholars in a broad range of disciplines - including animal psychology, anthropology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, economics, linguistics and psycholinguistics, neuroscience, and philosophy - to investigate the current status and most promising future directions of nativist research.
By bringing together many of the top researchers in philosophy and cognitive science to investigate basic philosophical questions and issues surrounding the doctrine of nativism, the project's aims were:
To undertake a comprehensive assessment of where nativist theorising now stands, and determine what directions future research should take.
To foster cross-disciplinary interaction aimed at achieving a synthesis of distinct strands of nativist thinking.
To produce a series of three volumes which present a comprehensive overview of contemporary nativist thought and provide the definitive reference point for future nativist enquiry.
This project was sponsored by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council with additional funding provided by the University of Sheffield Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Studies, the Rutgers University Research Group on Evolution and Higher Cognition, and the University of Maryland Cognitive Studies Group.