Analytic Philosophy

Jerry Fodor

Who is Jerry Fodor?

Jerry Alan Fodor (1935-), a philosopher of cognitive science at Rutgers University, is perhaps best known for his “modular theory of mind” and his concept of the “language of thought.” Fodor’s books include: Psychological Explanation (1968), The Language of Thought (1975), Representations: Essays on the Foundations of Cognitive Science (1979), The Modularity of Mind: An Essay on Faculty Psychology (1983), Psychosemantics: The Problem of Meaning in the Philosophy of Mind (1987), A Theory of Content and Other Essays (1990) The Elm and the Expert, Mentalese and Its Semantics (1994), Concepts: Where Cognitive Science Went Wrong (1998), In Critical Condition (1998), The Mind Doesn’t Work that Way: The Scope and Limits of Computational Psychology (2000), and Hume Variations (2003). Fodor also writes about opera for the London Review of Books. His writing style is uniquely witty and peppered with joyful mockery, as well as homespun analogies and references.


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