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Anthropologists as cognitive scientists

Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Cognitive Science Society
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  • Gn Anthropology
  • Anthropology
  • Philosophy


Anthropology combines two quite different enterprises: the ethnographic study of particular people in particular places and the theorizing about the human species. As such, anthropology is part of cognitive science in that it contributes to the unitary theoretical aim of understanding and explaining the behavior of the animal species Homo sapiens. This article draws on our own research experience to illustrate that cooperation between anthropology and the other sub-disciplines of cognitive science is possible and fruitful, but it must proceed from the recognition of anthropology’s unique epistemology and methodology.

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