The Mind Doesn't Work That Way
The Scope and Limits of Computational Psychology
By (author) Jerry A. Fodor
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Mind Doesn't Work That Way by Jerry A. Fodor
Book DescriptionIn this engaging book, Jerry Fodor argues against the widely held view that mental processes are largely computations, that the architecture of cognition is massively modular, and that the explanation of our innate mental structure is basically Darwinian. Although Fodor has praised the computational theory of mind as the best theory of cognition that we have got, he considers it to be only a fragment of the truth. In fact, he claims, cognitive scientists do not really know much yet about how the mind works (the book's title refers to Steve Pinker's How the Mind Works). Fodor's primary aim is to explore the relationship among computational and modular theories of mind, nativism, and evolutionary psychology. Along the way, he explains how Chomsky's version of nativism differs from that of the widely received New Synthesis approach. He concludes that although we have no grounds to suppose that most of the mind is modular, we have no idea how nonmodular cognition could work. Thus, according to Fodor, cognitive science has hardly gotten started.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262561464
(203mm x 136mm x 6mm)
Imprint: Bradford Books
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jerry A. Fodor
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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 State of New Jersey Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He is the author of The Mind Doesn't Work That Way: The Scope and Limits of Computational Psychology (MIT Press) and other books.
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