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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]


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Description 126 pages ; 20 cm
Series Representation and mind
Representation and mind.
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 got, 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 Steve 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. Along the way, he explains how Chomsky's version of nativism differs from that of the widely received New Synthesis approach. 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."--BOOK JACKET
Notes "A Bradford book"
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [121]-126) and index
Subject Ellis Horwood series in cognitive science.
Cognitive science.
Nativism (Psychology)
Philosophy of mind.
LC no. 99089687
ISBN 0262062127 (hc : alk. paper)
0262561468 (paperback)