Susan Oyama

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Susan Oyama is a psychologist and philosopher of science, currently professor emerita at the John Jay College and CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.[1]

Oyama's work interrogates the nature versus nurture debates, and problematizes the conceptual foundations (e.g., assumptions, binaries, and classifications) on which these debates depend. Her notion of a "developmental system" allows us to reevaluate and reintegrate standard dichotomies such as development and evolution, body and mind, and stasis and change. Oyama's Developmental systems theory has had a significant impact in cognitive science, psychology, and the philosophy of biology.


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  1. ^ "John Jay College". Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  2. ^ "Susan Oyama Bibliography". The American School in Japan. Archived from the original on September 26, 2008. Retrieved 2010-01-30.