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Meaning in Mind : Fodor and His Critics

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Even in the eyes of many of his critics, Fodor is widely regarded as the most important philosopher of psychology of his generation. With Noam Chomsky at MIT in the 1960s he mounted a strenuous attack on the behaviourism that then dominated psychology and most philosophy of mind, and since then, he has articulated and defended in considerable richness and detail a computational theory of intentional causation that is central to the emerging cognitive sciences. This theory provides a framework both for the resolution of many traditional problems in the philosophy of mind and language, and for actual psychological research and experimentation. The present volume contains 16 contributions by philosophers and cognitive scientists who have been critical of this theory, followed by replies Fodor makes to each of them. There is alos a lengthy introduction that provides an overview of Fodor's views and their relation to this critical discussion.show more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 34mm | 621.42g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0631187014
  • 9780631187011

Table of contents

On the wide and narrow, Louise Antony and Joseph Levine; has content been naturalized, Lynne Rudder Baker; what narrow content is not, Ned Block; naturalizing content, Paul Boghossian; granny's campaign for safe science, Daniel Dennett; why Fodor can't have it both ways, Michael Devitt; can we explain intentionality?, Brian Loar; can there be vindication without representation?, Robert Matthews; speaking up for Darwin, Ruth Millikan; Fodor and psychological explanations, John Perry and David Israel; how to do semantics for the language of thought, Robert Stalnaker; does mentalese have a conpositional semantics?, Stephen Schiffer; connectionism, constituency, and the language of thought, Paul Smolensky; narrow content meets fat syntax, Stephen Stich; responses, Jerry Fodor.show more

About Barry Loewer

Barry Loewer is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. Georges Rey is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland.show more