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LOT 2: The Language of Thought Revisited

Jerry A. Fodor


This book presents a new development of the famous Language of Thought hypothesis, which has since the 1970s been at the centre of interdisciplinary debate about how the mind works. The book defends and extends the groundbreaking idea that thinking is couched in a symbolic system realized in the brain. This idea is central to the representational theory of mind which has been established as a key reference point in modern philosophy, psychology, and cognitive science. The foundation stone of our present cognitive science is Turing's suggestion that cognitive processes are not associations but ... More

Keywords: thinking, symbolic system, representational theory of mind, cognitive science, Turing, computations, compositionality, intentional states

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199548774
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548774.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jerry A. Fodor, author
Rutgers University
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