Jerry Fodor is one of the most important philosophers of mind inrecent decades. He has done much to set the agenda in this fieldand has had a significant influence on the development of cognitivescience. Fodor's project is that of constructing a physicalistvindication of folk psychology and so paving the way for thedevelopment of a scientifically respectable intentional psychology.The centrepiece of his engagement in this project is a theory ofthe cognitive mind, namely, the computational theory of mind, whichpostulates the existence of a language of thought. Fodor: Language,Mind and Philosophy is a comprehensive study of Fodor's writings.Individual chapters are devoted to each of the major issues raisedby his work and contain extensive discussion of his relationshipsto key developments in cognitive science and to the views of suchphilosophical luminaries as Dennett, Davidson and Searle.This accessible book will appeal to advanced level undergraduatestudents of philosophy and related disciplines. It will also be ofgreat interest to professional philosophers and cognitivescientists.
About the Author
Mark Cain is Leverhulme Special Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham
Table of Contents
1. The Fodorian Project.
2. Philosophical and Scientific Background.
3. The Computational Theory of Mind.
4. Challenges to the Computational Theory of Mind.
5. Explaining Mental Content.
6. Individualism and Narrow Content.
7. The Modularity Thesis.