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Innateness & Human Nature
Everyone agrees that the nature/nurture dichotomy is a false one. Yet, there is a stubborn tendency both in everyday speech and in scientific discourse to retain these categories. For example, behaviours are often categorized as either innate or learned, or as either biological or cultural. This project investigates how and why people employ these categories, and proposes strategies for transcending them.


Linquist, S. (2017), "The conceptual critique of innateness." Philosophy Compass, 13e:12492.

Bartol, J. & Linquist, S. (2015), "How do somatic markers feature in decision making?" Emotion Review, 7:81-89

Linquist, S.  & J. Bartol (2013), "Two myths about somatic markers." The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. 64(3): 455-484.

Linquist, S. E. Machery, P. Griffiths & K. Stotz (2011), "Exploring the folkbiological conception of innateness." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 1563: 444-454.

Linquist, S. & Levy, N. (2010), Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology: Volume II.. Ashgate Publishing: Surrey, England (p. 11-45).

Griffiths, P. E. Machery and S. Linquist (2009), "The vernacular concept of innateness." Mind and Language 24: 605-630.

Linquist, S. & A. Rosenberg, (2007), "Return of the Tabula Rasa. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 74(2): 476- 497.

Rosenberg, A. and S. Linquist (2006), On the original contract: Evolutionary game theory and human evolution.  Analyse & Kritik, 27(1): 136-157.

Linquist, S. (2006), "When is an Orgasm just an Orgasm? Elizabeth Lloyd's The Case of the Female Orgasm: Bias in the Science of Evolution", Metascience, 15:411-419.

Current Work
I am currently revising the entry on "Innate versus acquired characters,"  for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.