The Language of Thought
By (author) Jerry A. Fodor
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Language of Thought by Jerry A. Fodor
Book DescriptionIn 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 DetailsISBN: 9780674510302
(217mm x 140mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1979
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author 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, 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, Hardback (July 2002)» View all books by Jerry A. Fodor
Topics include: why meaning probably isn't conceptual; why concepts aren't prototypes; why compositionality won't go away - reflections on Horwich's "deflationary theory"; decomposition; new pragmatists; a critical study of Brandom's articulating reasons; and churchland on state space semantics.
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