Psychosemantics: The Problem of Meaning in the Philosophy of Mind

Psychosemantics: The Problem of Meaning in the Philosophy of Mind

by Jerry A. Fodor

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Overview

Psychosemantics explores the relation between commonsense psychological theories and problems that are central to semantics and the philosophy of language. Building on and extending Fodor's earlier work it puts folk psychology on firm theoretical ground and rebuts externalist, holist, and naturalist threats to its position.

This book is included in the series Explorations in Cognitive Science, edited by Margaret A. Boden.

A Bradford Book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262560528
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 09/07/1989
Series: Explorations in Cognitive Science
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 189
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jerry A. Fodor is State of New Jersey Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He is the author of The Mind Doesn't Work That Way: The Scope and Limits of Computational Psychology (MIT Press) and other books.

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction: The Persistence of the Attitudes
2 Individualism and Supervenience
3 Meaning Holism
4 Meaning and the World Order
Epilogue Creation Myth
Appendix Why There Still Has to be a Language of Thought
Notes
References
Author Index

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Nature - Colin McGinn

(Fodor's) aim in this book is to protect folk psychology, as a solid basis for mental science, from a range of objections that have been brought against it in recent years, mainly by philosophers. He does so with verve, clarity and wit, generally getting the better of his revisionary opponents. The book is vintage Fodor: clever, stimulating, challenging, infuriating.

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(Fodor's) aim in this book is to protect folk psychology, as a solid basis for mental science, from a range of objections that have been brought against it in recent years, mainly by philosophers. He does so with verve, clarity and wit, generally getting the better of his revisionary opponents. The book is vintage Fodor: clever, stimulating, challenging, infuriating.

Colin McGinn, Nature

From the Publisher

(Fodor's) aim in this book is to protect folk psychology, as a solid basis for mental science, from a range of objections that have been brought against it in recent years, mainly by philosophers. He does so with verve, clarity and wit, generally getting the better of his revisionary opponents. The book is vintage Fodor: clever, stimulating, challenging, infuriating.

Colin McGinn , Nature

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