Jerry Alan Fodor


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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 causes his behavior.''
    Jerry Alan Fodor (b. 1935), U.S. professor of philosophy (Rutgers, formerly City University of New York, MIT). "Methodological Solipsism Considered as a Research Strategy in Cognitive Psychology," The Behavioral and Brain Sciences III, 1 (March 1980): 63-109.
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  • ''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 Meaning in the Philosophy of Mind, p. 42, MIT Press/Bradford Books (1987).
  • ''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 (1994).

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