The Mind Doesn't Work That Way: The Scope and Limits of Computational Psychology

The Mind Doesn't Work That Way: The Scope and Limits of Computational Psychology

by Jerry Fodor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262062127

ISBN-13: 9780262062121

Pub. Date: 07/24/2000

Publisher: MIT Press

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, he…  See more details below

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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, 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 Steven 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. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262062121
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/24/2000
Series:
Representation and Mind Series
Pages:
138
Product dimensions:
5.65(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
List of Abbreviationsxi
Introduction: Still Snowing1
Chapter 1Varieties of Nativism9
Chapter 2Syntax and Its Discontents23
Chapter 3Two Ways That You Probably Can't Explain Abduction41
Chapter 4How Many Modules Would You Say There Are?55
Chapter 5Darwin among the Modules79
AppendixWhy We Are So Good at Catching Cheaters101
Notes105
References121
Author Index125

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