Jerry Alan Fodor


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Jerry Alan Fodor (born 1935) is an American philosopher and cognitive scientist. He holds the position of State of New Jersey Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University and is the author of many works in the fields of philosophy of mind and cognitive science, in which he has laid the groundwork for the modularity of mind and the language of thought hypotheses, among other ideas. He is known for... more »

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  • ... in doing our psychology, we want to attribute mental states fully opaquely because it's the fully opaque reading which tells us what the agent has in mind, and it's what the agent has in mind that...
    Jerry Alan Fodor (b. 1935), U.S. professor of philosophy (Rutgers, formerly City University of New York, MIT). "Methodological Solipsism Considered as...
  • ''Methodological individualism is the doctrine that psychological states are individuated with respect to their causal powers.''
    Jerry Alan Fodor (b. 1935), U.S. professor of philosophy (Rutgers, formerly City University of) New York, MIT). Psychosemantics: The Problem of Meanin...
  • ''The content of a thought depends on its external relations; on the way that the thought is related to the world, not on the way that it is related to other thoughts.''
    Jerry Alan Fodor (b. 1935), U.S. professor of philosophy; Rutgers (formerly City University of) New York, MIT. The Elm and the Expert, p. 4, MIT Press...
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