The Language of Thought Revisited
By (author) Jerry A. Fodor
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Lot 2 by Jerry A. Fodor
Book DescriptionJerry A. Fodor presents a new development of his famous Language of Thought hypothesis, which has since the 1970s been at the centre of interdisciplinary debate about how the mind works. Fodor defends and extends the groundbreaking idea that thinking is couched in a symbolic system realized in the brain. This idea is central to the representational theory of mind which Fodor has established as a key reference point in modern philosophy, psychology, and cognitive science. The foundation stone of our present cognitive science is Turing's suggestion that cognitive processes are not associations but computations; and computation requires a language of thought. So the latest on the Language of Thought hypothesis, from its progenitor, promises to be a landmark in the study of the mind. LOT 2 offers a more cogent presentation and a fuller explication of Fodor's distinctive account of the mind, with various intriguing new features. The central role of compositionality in the representational theory of mind is revealed: most of what we know about concepts follows from the compositionality of thoughts. Fodor shows the necessity of a referentialist account of the content of intentional states, and of an atomistic account of the individuation of concepts. Not least among the new developments is Fodor's identification and persecution of pragmatism as the leading source of error in the study of the mind today. LOT 2 sees Fodor advance undaunted towards the ultimate goal of a theory of the cognitive mind, and in particular a theory of the intentionality of cognition. No one who works on the mind can ignore Fodor's views, expressed in the coruscating and provocative style which has delighted and disconcerted countless readers over the years.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199548774
(223mm x 147mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 28-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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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Author Biography - Jerry A. Fodor
Jerry A. Fodor is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University.
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