In Critical Condition: Polemical Essays on Cognitive Science and the Philosophy of Mind / Edition 1 by Jerry A. Fodor | 9780262561280 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
In Critical Condition: Polemical Essays on Cognitive Science and the Philosophy of Mind / Edition 1

In Critical Condition: Polemical Essays on Cognitive Science and the Philosophy of Mind / Edition 1

by Jerry A. Fodor
     
 

ISBN-10: 026256128X

ISBN-13: 9780262561280

Pub. Date: 09/30/2009

Publisher: MIT Press

In this book Jerry 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. Several of these essays are published here for the first time. The rest originated as book reviews in the Times

Overview

In this book Jerry 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. Several of these essays are published here for the first time. The rest originated as book reviews in the Times Literary Supplement,the London Review of Books, or in journals of philosophy or psychology. The topics examined include cognitive architecture, the nature of concepts, and the status of Darwinism in psychology. Fodor constructs a version of the Representational Theory of Mind that blends Intentional Realism, Computational Reductionism, Nativism, and Semantic Atomism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262561280
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/30/2009
Series:
Representation and Mind series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
229
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Part IMetaphysics1
Chapter 1Review of John McDowell's Mind and World3
Chapter 2Special Sciences: Still Autonomous after All These Years (A Reply to Jaegwon Kim's "Multiple Realization and the Metaphysics of Reduction")9
Part IIConcepts25
Chapter 3Review of Christopher Peacocke's A Study of Concepts27
Chapter 4There Are No Recognitional Concepts--Not Even RED35
Chapter 5There Are No Recognitional Concepts--Not Even RED, Part 2: The Plot Thickens49
Chapter 6Do We Think in Mentalese? Remarks on Some Arguments of Peter Carruthers63
Chapter 7Review of A. W. Moore's Points of View75
Part IIICognitive Architecture81
Chapter 8Review of Paul Churchland's The Engine of Reason, The Seat of the Soul83
Chapter 9Connectionism and the Problem of Systematicity: Why Smolensky's Solution Doesn't Work91
Chapter 10Connectionism and the Problem of Systematicity (Continued): Why Smolensky's Solution Still Doesn't Work113
Chapter 11There and Back Again: A Review of Annette Karmiloff-Smith's Beyond Modularity127
Chapter 12Review of Jeff Elman et al., Rethinking Innateness143
Chapter 13Review of Steven Mithen's The Prehistory of the Mind153
Part IVPhilosophical Darwinism161
Chapter 14Review of Richard Dawkins's Climbing Mount Improbable163
Chapter 15Deconstructing Dennett's Darwin171
Chapter 16Is Science Biologically Possible? Comments on Some Arguments of Patricia Churchland and of Alvin Plantinga189
Chapter 17Review of Steven Pinker's How the Mind Works and Henry Plotkin's Evolution in Mind203
References215
Index217

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