Does Cognitive Science Need Anthropology?

An interesting debate (edited by Andrea Bender, Sieghard Beller, & Douglas L. Medin) on the role of anthropology in and for cognitive science was published in the latest issue of Topics in Cognitive Science (2012, vol. 4, no. 3). Due to constraints of space, only a small number of scholars could be invited to provide commentaries on a (previously circulated) introduction on the challenges to and prospect for a rapprochement between anthropology and the other cognitive sciences. The invitation aimed at a mixture of senior scholars and young scientists from different disciplines (including anthropology, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology). As this selection may have been too constrained and bypassed relevant perspectives on this debate, TopiCS opens a call for brief comments (deadline: October 15, 2012)

Brief comments should be in the range of 300 to 700 words (including references). They may focus on the challenges formulated in the introduction or on the commentaries to it, or may address issues not raised in the debate so far. Submissions will be peer-reviewed (not by the editors of the debate). Comments will be due on October 15, 2012. Please email Caroline Verdier at by October 7, 2012, if you are interested in submitting a commentary.

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