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Modularity of Mind
     

Modularity of Mind

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by Jerry A. Fodor
 

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This study synthesizes current information from the various fields of cognitive science in support of a new and exciting theory of mind.

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This study synthesizes current information from the various fields of cognitive science in support of a new and exciting theory of mind.

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ISBN-13:
9780262060844
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/28/1983
Series:
Bradford Monograph
Pages:
216

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John C. Marshall

Jerry Fodor's Modularity of Mind is a beginning... [It] is the first major monograph in this century to explore some variations on faculty psychology [and] is the best thing Fodor has done since The Language of Thought, mainly because it takes such a wide sweep and yet manages to concentrate all the arguments upon the central issue in both neuropsychology and information-processing psychology.

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"The issue Fodor writes about is central to the psychology of perception, cognition,and action. It is the central issue for anyone who would seriously study the neurobiology of behavior: Is the mind organized horizontally or vertically or both, and what are the consequences to psychology of proceeding on one assumption or the other? This has been little analyzed and written about. Jerry Fodor has repaired that omission and had done it brilliantly." Alvin Liberman, YaleUniversity, President, Haskins Laboratories

"Jerry Fodor's Modularity of Mind is a beginning... [It] is the first major monograph in this century to explore some variations on faculty psychology [and] is the best thingFodor has done since The Language of Thought, mainly because it takes such a wide sweep and yet manages to concentrate all the arguments upon the central issue in both neuropsychology and information-processing psychology." John C. Marshall , The Radcliffe Infirmary,Oxford,

"Jerry Fodor"s Modularity of Mind is a beginning... [It] is the first major monograph in this century to explore some variations on faculty psychology [and] is the best thing Fodor has done since The Language of Thought, mainly because it takes such a wide sweep and yet manages to concentrate all the arguments upon the central issue in both neuropsychology and information-processing psychology." John C. Marshall , TheRadcliffe Infirmary, Oxford,

Alvin Liberman

The issue Fodor writes about is central to the psychology of perception, cognition, and action. It is the central issue for anyone who would seriously study the neurobiology of behavior: Is the mind organized horizontally or vertically or both, and what are the consequences to psychology of proceeding on one assumption or the other? This has been little analyzed and written about. Jerry Fodor has repaired that omission and had done it brilliantly.

Meet the Author

Jerry A. Fodor is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University and at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author of Modularity of Mind and RePresentations: Philosophical Essays on the Foundations of Cognitive Science.

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The Modularity of Mind 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This classic in cognitive science has a great deal to say, but an awkward way of saying it. Author Jerry A. Fodor¿s style is academic and dense, a potential barrier to all but the most determined, well-prepared reader. Arcane and brilliant, Fodor intersperses colloquial jests with jargon-burdened exposition, leading one to believe that he could have written a book more accessible to the lay reader had he wished to do so. We find, however, that the book repays the persistent, dedicated reader. The reward is a fascinating exploration of the mind, drawing on the literature of epistemology and psychology, with occasional detours down the rarely explored byways of phrenology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago