Language of Thought by Jerry A. Fodor
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Language of Thought
By Jerry A. Fodor

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Language of Thought by Jerry A. Fodor

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In a compelling defense of the speculative approach to the philosophy of mind, Jerry Fodor argues that, while our best current theories of cognitive psychology view many higher processes as computational, computation itself presupposes an internal medium of representation. Fodor's prime concerns are to buttress the notion of internal representation from a philosophical viewpoint, and to determine those characteristics of this conceptual construct using the empirical data available from linguistics and cognitive psychology.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674510302
ISBN-10: 0674510305
Format: Paperback
(217mm x 140mm x 18mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1979
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Jerry A. Fodor

Lot 2 by Jerry A. Fodor Lot 2, Paperback (July 2010)

Jerry Fodor presents a new development of his famous Language of Thought hypothesis, the idea that thinking is couched in a symbolic system realized in the brain; since the 1970s this has been at the centre of debate about how the mind works. No one who studies the mind can ignore Fodor's views, expressed in his coruscating and provocative style.

Hume Variations by Jerry A. Fodor Hume Variations, Paperback (November 2005)

David Hume's Treatise of Human Nature is claimed as the foundational document of cognitive science. This book examines his account of cognition and how it is grounded in his 'theory of ideas'. It discusses such topics as the distinction between 'simple' and 'complex' ideas, the thesis that an idea is some kind of picture, and more.

Compositionality Papers by Jerry A. Fodor Compositionality Papers, Paperback (July 2002)

This is a selection of essays on issues relating to compositionality in language and mind. Compositionality is the following aspect of a system of representation - the complex symbols in the system inherit their syntactic and semantic properties from the primitive symbols of the system.

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