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Fodor : Language, Mind and Philosophy

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Jerry Fodor is one of the most important philosophers of mind in recent decades. He has done much to set the agenda in this field and has had a significant influence on the development of cognitive science. Fodora s project is that of constructing a physicalist vindication of folk psychology and so paving the way for the development of a scientifically respectable intentional psychology. The centrepiece of his engagement in this project is a theory of the cognitive mind, namely, the computational theory of mind, which postulates the existence of a language of thought. Fodor: Language, Mind and Philosophy is a comprehensive study of Fodora s writings. Individual chapters are devoted to each of the major issues raised by his work and contain extensive discussion of his relationships to key developments in cognitive science and to the views of such philosophical luminaries as Dennett, Davidson and Searle. This accessible book will appeal to advanced level undergraduate students of philosophy and related disciplines. It will also be of great interest to professional philosophers and cognitive scientists.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.1 x 18.8mm | 376.49g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 0745624731
  • 9780745624730
  • 1,473,509

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Jerry Fodor is one of the most important philosophers of mind inrecent decades. He has done much to set the agenda in this fieldand has had a significant influence on the development of cognitivescience. Fodor's project is that of constructing a physicalistvindication of folk psychology and so paving the way for thedevelopment of a scientifically respectable intentional psychology.The centrepiece of his engagement in this project is a theory ofthe cognitive mind, namely, the computational theory of mind, whichpostulates the existence of a language of thought. Fodor: Language, Mind and Philosophy is a comprehensive study ofFodor's writings. Individual chapters are devoted to each of themajor issues raised by his work and contain extensive discussion ofhis relationships to key developments in cognitive science and tothe views of such philosophical luminaries as Dennett, Davidson andSearle.


This accessible book will appeal to advanced level undergraduatestudents of philosophy and related disciplines. It will also be ofgreat interest to professional philosophers and cognitivescientists.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements. 1. The Fodorian Project. 2. Philosophical and Scientific Background. 3. The Computational Theory of Mind. 4. Challenges to the Computational Theory of Mind. 5. Explaining Mental Content. 6. Individualism and Narrow Content. 7. The Modularity Thesis. Afterword. Notes. References. Index.
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a Beautifully clear and well argued, Caina s study of Fodor will serve not only as an accessible book on a very important contemporary philosopher of mind, but also as an excellent introduction to the whole area in which Fodora s work has its being.a Gregory McCulloch, University of Birmingham
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About Mark Cain

Mark Cain is Leverhulme Special Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham
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