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Author Fodor, Jerry A.

Title The mind doesn't work that way : the scope and limits of computational psychology / Jerry Fodor.

Published Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [2000]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  153 FODO    AVAILABLE
 UniM Bail  153 FODO    AVAILABLE
Physical description 126 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Representation and mind.
Representation and mind.
Notes "A Bradford book."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [121]-126) and index.
Contents Introduction: Still Snowing 1 -- Chapter 1 Varieties of Nativism 9 -- Chapter 2 Syntax and Its Discontents 23 -- Chapter 3 Two Ways That You Probably Can't Explain Abduction 41 -- Chapter 4 How Many Modules Would You Say There Are? 55 -- Chapter 5 Darwin among the Modules 79 -- Appendix Why We Are So Good at Catching Cheaters 101.
Summary In this engaging book, Jerry Fodor argues against the widely held view that mental processes are largely computations, that the architecture of cognition is massively modular, and that the explanation of our innate mental structure is basically Darwinian. Although Fodor has praised the computational theory of mind as the best theory of cognition that we have, he considers it to be only a fragment of the truth. In fact, he claims, cognitive scientists do not really know much yet about how the mind works (the book's title refers to Steven Pinker's How the Mind Works).
Fodor's primary aim is to explore the relationship among nativism, computational and modular theories of mind, and evolutionary psychology. He concludes that although we have no grounds to suppose that most of the mind is modular, we have no idea how nonmodular cognition could work. Thus, according to Fodor, cognitive science has hardly gotten started.
Subject Cognitive science.
Philosophy of mind.
Nativism (Psychology)
ISBN 0262062127 (hc : alkaline paper)