Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Cognitive structure, logic, and language

Grant Gillett a1
a1 Otago Bioethics Centre, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand


Philosophical accounts of thought crucially involve an array of abilities to identify general properties or features of the world (corresponding to concepts) and objects that instantiate those general properties. Abilities of both types can be grounded in a naturalistic account of the usefulness of cognitive structures in adaptive behaviour. Language enhances these abilities by multiplying the experience bases giving rise to them and helping to overcome subjective biases.