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RePresentations: Philosophical Essays on the Foundations of Cognitive Science
     

RePresentations: Philosophical Essays on the Foundations of Cognitive Science

by Jerry A. Fodor
 
These essays will shape discussion in the philosophy of psychology for years to come.

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These essays will shape discussion in the philosophy of psychology for years to come.

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Contemporary Psychology - Stephen P. Stich
Many of these essays are well known and have been widely discussed, but together they are even more impressive than the best of them alone. Cumulatively they constitute a bold and sophisticated theory about the nature of the cognitive mind, and about the status and strategy of the science that studies it. This makes RePresentations sound like a heavy and important book, and in a sense that is a fair assessment. These essays will shape discussion in the philosophy of psychology for years to come. But such a description also suggests that this is a serious and somber book, and nothing could be farther from the truth. Fodor's style is casual and cheerful, now and again almost cheeky. When polemics are in order, as they often are, Fodor's style is to tweak his opponents' noses goodnaturedly.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262060790
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
05/28/1981
Edition description:
1st MIT Press ed
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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"Fodor's reflections of the methodological assumptions of cognitive science arethe most radical and most vigorousavailable. Whether one takes them to bea defense or a reductio ad absurdum ofthe field, one must certainly take themseriously indeed." H. Dreyfus

Meet 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.

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