Jerry A. Fodor





Jerry A. Fodor

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Jerry Alan Fodor is an American philosopher and cognitive scientist. He is the State of New Jersey Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University and is also the author of many works in the fields of philosophy of mind and cognitive science, in which he has laid the groundwork for the modularity of mind and the language of thought hypotheses, among other ideas. Fodor is of Jewish descent.

Fodor argues that mental states, such as beliefs and desires, are relations between individuals and mental representations. He maintains that these representations can only be correctly explained in terms of a language of thought (LOT) in the mind. Further, this language of thought itself is an actually existing thing that is codified in the brain and not ju
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Average rating: 3.65 · 384 ratings · 38 reviews · 24 distinct works · Similar authors
The Modularity of Mind
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What Darwin Got Wrong
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The Mind Doesn't Work That ...
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 44 ratings — published 2000 — 4 editions
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The Language of Thought (Th...
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 41 ratings — published 1975 — 4 editions
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Lot 2: The Language of Thou...
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 2008 — 6 editions
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Psychosemantics: The Proble...
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 1987 — 3 editions
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Concepts: Where Cognitive S...
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 1998 — 6 editions
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The ELM and the Expert: Men...
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1994 — 3 editions
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Representations: Philosophi...
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 1981 — 4 editions
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Holism
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“Self-pity can make one weep, as can onions.”
Jerry A. Fodor

“Only a philosopher would consider taking Oedipus as a model for a normal, unproblematic relation between an action and the maxim of the act.”
Jerry A. Fodor, The ELM and the Expert: Mentalese and Its Semantics

“There is a gap between the mind and the world, and (as far as anybody knows) you need to posit internal representations if you are to have a hope of getting across it. Mind the gap. You’ll regret it if you don't.”
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