Does the concept of obligation develop from the inside-out or outside-in?

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Abstract

Tomasello proposes that the concept of obligation develops from the inside-out: emerging first in experiences of shared agency and generalizing outward to shape children's broader understanding. Here I consider that obligation may also develop from the outside-in, emerging as a domain-specific instantiation of a more general conceptual bias to expect categories to prescribe how their members are supposed to behave.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere84
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume43
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 20 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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