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The Architecture of the Mind$
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Peter Carruthers

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199207077

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207077.001.0001

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The Case for Massively Modular Models of Mind

The Case for Massively Modular Models of Mind

(p.1) 1 The Case for Massively Modular Models of Mind
The Architecture of the Mind

Peter Carruthers (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter lays out the main arguments supporting massive modularity and explicates the notion of ‘module’ that those arguments support (which is significantly weaker than on Fodor’s influential account). It argues that modularity is a property of biological systems quite generally, and of animal minds in particular. It also defends the viability of evolutionary psychology as a scientific research program. The chapter criticizes Fodor’s argument that encapsulated forms of modularity are a requirement of computational tractability, arguing that the latter can be assured through the use of various kinds of cognitive heuristic.

Keywords:   animal minds, biological modularity, cognitive heuristic, computational tractability, encapsulation, evolutionary psychology, Fodor, module

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