Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Bridging the gap between intuitive and formal number concepts: An epidemiological perspective

Helen De Cruza1

a1 Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Free University of Brussels, 1050 Brussels, Belgium; and Centre for Logic and Analytical Philosophy, University of Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium


The failure of current bootstrapping accounts to explain the emergence of the concept of natural numbers does not entail that no link exists between intuitive and formal number concepts. The epidemiology of representations allows us to explain similarities between intuitive and formal number concepts without requiring that the latter are directly constructed from the former.

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