Alison Gopnik

professor of psychology and philosophy

Alison Gopnik is a UC Berkeley professor of psychology, an affiliate professor of philosophy and an internationally recognized pioneer in the study of children’s learning and development. She was the first to argue that children’s minds could help us understand deep philosophical questions and helped formulate the "theory theory” which posits that children learn in the same way that scientists do. Her latest book is "The Philosophical Baby: What children’s minds tell us about love, truth and the meaning of life" (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2009). Her 1999 book, "The Scientist in the Crib" was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, translated into 20 languages. She has also written for Science, The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, New Scientist, and Slate. She received her BA from McGill University and her Ph.D. from Oxford University.

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