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Fodor, Jerry A.

Works: 104 works in 633 publications in 9 languages and 21,034 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Interviewee
Classifications: BD418.3, 128.2
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In critical condition polemical essays on cognitive science and the philosophy of mind by Jerry A Fodor( )
22 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and German and held by 2,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Doing philosophy, according to Jerry Fodor, is like piloting: The trick is to find an object of known position and locate yourself with respect to it. In this book, Fodor contrasts his views about the mind with those of a number of well-known philosophers and cognitive scientists, including John McDowell, Christopher Peacocke, Paul Churchland, Daniel Dennett, Paul Smolensky, and Richard Dawkins. Fodor constructs a version of the representational theory of mind that blends intentional realism, computational reductionism, nativism, and semantic atomism
Psychosemantics the problem of meaning in the philosophy of mind by Jerry A Fodor( )
34 editions published between 1987 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 1,775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Psychosemantics explores the relation between commonsense psychological theories and problems that are central to semantics and the philosophy of language. Building on and extending Fodor's earlier work it puts folk psychology on firm theoretical ground and rebuts externalist, holist, and naturalist threats to its position. --From publisher's description
A theory of content and other essays by Jerry A Fodor( )
23 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and Italian and held by 1,761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The elm and the expert mentalese and its semantics by Jerry A Fodor( )
24 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 1,644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The mind doesn't work that way : the scope and limits of computational psychology by Jerry A Fodor( Book )
23 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 1,518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In 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 nativism, computational and modular theories of mind, 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."--Jacket
The structure of language : readings in the philosophy of language by Jerry A Fodor( Book )
45 editions published between 1964 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Concepts where cognitive science went wrong by Jerry A Fodor( )
29 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 1,236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Renowned philosopher Fodor presents an original theory of the basic constituents of thought in this first volume of the Oxford Cognitive Science Series. He argues for an atomistic theory of concepts and demolishes rival theories
The modularity of mind : an essay on faculty psychology by Jerry A Fodor( Book )
59 editions published between 1981 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,074 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This study synthesizes current information from the various fields of cognitive science in support of a new and exciting theory of mind. Most psychologists study horizontal processes like memory and information flow; Fodor postulates a vertical and modular psychological organization underlying biologically coherent behaviors. This view of mental architecture is consistent with the historical tradition of faculty psychology while integrating a computational approach to mental processes. One of the most notable aspects of Fodor's work is that it articulates features not only of speculative cognitive architectures but also of current research in artificial intelligence. -- Publisher description
The language of thought by Jerry A Fodor( Book )
55 editions published between 1975 and 1985 in 3 languages and held by 1,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Representations : philosophical essays on the foundations of cognitive science by Jerry A Fodor( Book )
31 editions published between 1980 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The psychology of language: an introduction to psycholinguistics and generative grammar by Jerry A Fodor( Book )
24 editions published between 1974 and 1982 in 3 languages and held by 838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Psychological explanation : an introduction to the philosophy of psychology by Jerry A Fodor( Book )
22 editions published between 1968 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
LOT 2 : the language of thought revisited by Jerry A Fodor( Book )
24 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This latest book on the language of thought hypothesis, 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--Publisher description
Holism : a shopper's guide by Jerry A Fodor( Book )
18 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hume variations by Jerry A Fodor( Book )
21 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Hume? Yes, David Hume, that's who Jerry Fodor looks to for help in advancing our understanding of the mind. Fodor claims his Treatise of Human Nature as the foundational document of cognitive science: it launched the project of constructing an empirical psychology on the basis of a representational theory of mind. Going back to this work after more than 250 years we find that Hume is remarkably perceptive about the components and structure that a theory of mind requires. Careful study of the Treatise helps us to see what's amiss with much twentieth-century philosophy of mind, and to get on the right track." "Hume says in the Treatise that his main project is to construct a theory of human nature and, in particular, a theory of the mind. Hume Variations examines his account of cognition and how it is grounded in his 'theory of ideas'. Fodor discusses such key topics as the distinction between 'simple' and 'complex' ideas, the thesis that an idea is some kind of picture, and the roles that 'association' and 'imagination' play in cognitive processes. He argues that the theory of ideas, as Hume develops it, is both historically and ideologically continuous with the representational theory of mind as it is now widely endorsed by cognitive scientists. This view of Hume is explicitly opposed to recent discussions by critics who hold that the theory of ideas is the Achilles heel of his philosophy and that he would surely have abandoned it if only he had read Wittgenstein carefully." "You don't have to know much about Hume to enjoy this inventively argued, provocative, and stimulating defence of the representational theory of mind - which is looking increasingly hard to resist."--Jacket
Acquiring the human language playing the language game ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Second of three programs on human language. Explores how children acquire language, and explains that they have an innate, universal knowledge of essential grammar and syntax
The compositionality papers by Jerry A Fodor( Book )
9 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What Darwin got wrong by Jerry A Fodor( Book )
11 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piatelli-Palmarini, a distinguished philosopher and scientist working in tandem, reveal major flaws at the heart of Darwinian evolutionary theory. They do not deny Darwin's status as an outstanding scientist but question the inferences he drew from his observations. Combining the results of cutting-edge work in experimental biology with crystal-clear philosophical argument they mount a devastating critique of the central tenets of Darwin's account of the origin of species. The logic underlying natural selection is the survival of the fittest under changing environmental pressure. This logic, they argue, is mistaken. They back up the claim with evidence of what actually happens in nature."--Publisher's description
Holism : a consumer update ( Book )
6 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
L'Explication en psychologie : une introduction à la philosophie de la psychologie by Jerry A Fodor( Book )
6 editions published in 1972 in French and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Fodor, J. A.
Fodor, J. A. 1935-
Fodor, J. A. (Jerry A.)
Fodor, J. A. (Jerry Alan), 1935-
Fodor, Jerry.
Fodor, Jerry 1935-
Fodor, Jerry A.
Fodor, Jerry Alan.
Fodor, Jerry Alan 1935-
フォーダー, J. A
フォーダー, ジェリー・A
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