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Concepts : where cognitive science went wrong

Author: Jerry A Fodor
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Series: Oxford cognitive science series.
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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.
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jerry A Fodor
ISBN: 0198236379 9780198236375 0198236360 9780198236368
OCLC Number: 57666507
Notes: "A condensed version of this material was presented as the 1996 John Locke lectures at Oxford University"--Preface.
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 174 pages).
Contents: 1. Philosophical Introduction: The Background Theory. ; 2. Unphilosophical Introduction: What Concepts Have To Be. ; 3. The Demise of Definitions, Part I: The Linguist's Tale. ; 4. The Demise of Definitions, Part II: The Philosopher's Tale. ; 5. Prototypes and Compositionality. (Appendix 5A: Meaning Postulates. Appendix 5B: The 'Theory Theory' of Concepts.) ; 6. Innateness and Ontology, Part I: The Standard Argument. (Appendix 6A: Similarity.) ; 7. Innateness and Ontology, Part II: Intentional Laws and Natural Kinds. (Appendix 7A: Round Squares.) ; Bibliography ; Index
Series Title: Oxford cognitive science series.
Responsibility: Jerry A. Fodor.
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