Journals Higher Education



Published: 12 May 2005

392 Pages | numerous tables, figures, one illustration and 4 halftones


ISBN: 9780195181982

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The Essential Child

Origins of Essentialism in Everyday Thought

Susan A. Gelman

Oxford Series in Cognitive Development

  • Winner of the 2004 APA Maccoby Prize
  • First book on essentialism from a psychological perspective
  • Provides the reader with an overview of the research on essentialism that has accumulated during the past fifteen years
  • Argues for a controversial, bold new theory of essentialism
  • Argues against the standard view of children as concrete or focused on the obvious, that children look beyond the obvious to search for hidden, no obvious features
  • Attacks claims that children build up their knowledge of the world based on simple, associative learning strategies
  • First book in the Oxford Cognitive Development Series

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