Anthropologists as Cognitive Scientists
Article first published online: 14 MAY 2012
Copyright © 2012 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
Topics in Cognitive Science
Volume 4, Issue 3, pages 453–461, July 2012
How to Cite
Astuti, R. and Bloch, M. (2012), Anthropologists as Cognitive Scientists. Topics in Cognitive Science, 4: 453–461. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-8765.2012.01191.x
- Issue published online: 11 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 14 MAY 2012
- Received 21 June 2011; received in revised form 28 November 2011; accepted 7 December 2011
- Cognitive science
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.