The Elm and the Expert: Mentalese and Its Semantics

The Elm and the Expert: Mentalese and Its Semantics

by Jerry A. Fodor
     
 

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The Elm and the Expert provides a lively discussion of semantic issues about mental representation, with special attention to issues raised by Frege's problem, twin cases, and the putative indeterminacy of reference. The book extends and revises a view of the relation between mind and meaning that the author has been developing since his 1975 book, The Language of… See more details below

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The Elm and the Expert provides a lively discussion of semantic issues about mental representation, with special attention to issues raised by Frege's problem, twin cases, and the putative indeterminacy of reference. The book extends and revises a view of the relation between mind and meaning that the author has been developing since his 1975 book, The Language of Thought. Among philosophers, a general consensus exists that a referential semantics for mental representation cannot support a robust account of intentional explanation. This book is largely a reconsideration of the arguments that are supposed to ground this consensus. Fodor offers a theory sketch in which psychological explanation is intentional, psychological processes are computational, and the semantic properties of mental representations are referential.

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Four lectures delivered in Paris in spring 1993 to inaugurate an annual series of interdisciplinary cognitive talks. Fodor (philosophy, Rutgers and City U. of New York) reassesses and amplifies his extensive work on the relation between mind and meaning, in his accustomed playful style. Accessible to nonspecialists. No subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780262061704
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
05/28/1994
Series:
Jean Nicod Lectures Series, #1993
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.63(d)

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