Language, Cognition, and Human Nature


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Steven Pinker is Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time and The New Republic, and is the author of eight books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, Words and Rules, The Blank Slate, The Stuff of Thought, and, most recently, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.


"Pinker is a star, and the world of science is lucky to have him."
-- Richard Dawkins, The Times Literary Supplement, 2002

"Steven Pinker is among the best synthesizers in the cognitive sciences. He is unique in the breadth of his interests and the depth of his knowledge. To top it off, his elegant and witty writings speak equally to specialists and to literate individuals everywhere."
-- Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard University

"Pinker is an intellectual giant in the field, one of the most important psychologists and thinkers in our day. This compilation is outstanding, a fitting crown on his career so far, although I suspect he has much more to contribute. Even though I'd read a handful of these papers before, there were some that I was unaware of that are gems. Even those I'd read before, I re-read, and got even more on the second reading."
-- David Buss, author of Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind

"With wit and acumen, Pinker introduces us to some of his most important scientific contributions. These glimpses into the development of these foundational articles and of course the articles themselves will be of great interest to academics and to his many fans beyond the walls of academia."
-- David C. Geary, author of Male, Female: The Evolution of Human Sex Difference

"Pinker is a rarity among academic psychologists not only as a stylish writer, but also as a
profound thinker with an ability to grasp the major issues of human nature and human
evolution. Language, Cognition, and Human Nature: Selected Articles is as good an
introduction as any into the range and depth of his thinking and will have general appeal
beyond an academic readership." -Michael Corballis, PsycCRITIQUES