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What's Within?: Nativism Reconsidered

Fiona Cowie

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195159783
eISBN:
9780199849529
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159783.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This book reconsiders the influential nativist position toward the mind. Nativists assert that some concepts, beliefs, or capacities are innate or inborn: “native” to the mind rather than acquired. ... More


Intentionality and Naturalism

Stephen P. Stich and Stephen Laurence

in Deconstructing the Mind

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195126662
eISBN:
9780199868322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195126661.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Intentional irrealism is the view that nothing in the world instantiates intentional properties. If intentional irrealism is true, then there are no beliefs, desires or other intentional states. And ... More


On What's in the Head

Robert C. Stalnaker

in Context and Content: Essays on Intentionality in Speech and Thought

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198237075
eISBN:
9780191598456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198237073.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

A criticism of internalism (and a defence of externalism) about the content of propositional attitudes. It is argued that the hypothesis that there is a notion of narrow content that might be used to ... More


The Cognitive-Scientific Revolution: Computationalism and the Problem of Mental Causation

Dan Arnold

in Brains, Buddhas, and Believing: The Problem of Intentionality in Classical Buddhist and Cognitive-Scientific Philosophy of Mind

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231145473
eISBN:
9780231518215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231145473.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter considers the “computational” models of cognitive-scientific physicalism developed by Daniel Dennett and Jerry Fodor, particularly insofar as these philosophers aim to account for ... More


Thoughts, sentences, and unities

John Collins

in The Unity of Linguistic Meaning

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199694846
eISBN:
9780191732027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694846.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

It is traditional to distinguish sentences from propositions. The distinction is accepted but it is argued that language has an interest in its own right as regards the unity problem insofar as ... More


So How Does the Mind Work?

Steven Pinker

in Language, Cognition, and Human Nature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199328741
eISBN:
9780199369355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199328741.003.0010
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

The theory that the human mind is a naturally selected system of organs of computation was defended in How the Mind Works. Jerry Fodor claims that ‘the mind doesn’t work that way’ because (1) Turing ... More


Darwin’s Principle of Divergence: Why Fodor Was Almost Right

Robert J. Richards

in Was Hitler a Darwinian?: Disputed Questions in the History of Evolutionary Theory

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226058764
eISBN:
9780226059099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226059099.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Darwin believed his principle of divergence as important as his principle of natural selection. Darwin asserted, however, that he came to recognize the principle only in the 1850s, long after he had ... More


Concepts in Philosophy

Edouard Machery

in Doing without Concepts

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195306880
eISBN:
9780199867950
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306880.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter describes what concepts are taken to be in philosophy and identifies the goals of philosophical theories of concepts. Philosophers of concepts attempt to determine the conditions one has ... More


The Language of Thought: A New Philosophical Direction

Susan Schneider

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015578
eISBN:
9780262295833
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015578.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

The language of thought (LOT) approach to the nature of mind has been highly influential in cognitive science and the philosophy of mind; and yet, as this book argues, its philosophical foundations ... More


Could There Be a Science of Rationality?

Donald Davidson

in Problems of Rationality

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2004
ISBN:
9780198237549
eISBN:
9780191601378
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198237545.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Asks whether there could be a science of rationality, and proposes as an answer — Davidson's own Unified Theory of speech and action, drawing heavily on formal decision theories for explaining ... More


Language, Cognition, and Human Nature

Steven Pinker

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199328741
eISBN:
9780199369355
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199328741.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

Steven Pinker’s books and essays on language, mind, and human nature that have reached a wide global audience. But his articles in the scholarly literature have also been influential and readable. ... More


On Content and Context: Context-Sensitivity and Some of Its Critics

Putnam Hilary

in The Philosophy of Charles Travis: Language, Thought, and Perception

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198783916
eISBN:
9780191826566
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198783916.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter explores the ways in which Travis’s ‘context-sensitive semantics’, and the non-reductionist picture of thinking developed in connection with that idea, have influenced some of the ... More


The Central System as a Computational Engine

Susan Schneider

in The Language of Thought: A New Philosophical Direction

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015578
eISBN:
9780262295833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015578.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter discusses Jerry Fodor’s view regarding the apparent shortcoming of language of thought (LOT). According to Fodor, LOT fails to account for the central system that is responsible for ... More


Can We Explain Intentionality?

Brian Loar

in Consciousness and Meaning: Selected Essays

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780199673353
eISBN:
9780191758935
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673353.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Here Loar offers a critique of Jerry Fodor’s asymmetric dependence theory of intentional content. Fodor’s account is a version of the idea that meaning is information, that a predicate refers to a ... More


What Nativism Is Not

Fiona Cowie

in What's Within?: Nativism Reconsidered

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195159783
eISBN:
9780199849529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159783.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

It can be observed that the doctrine of innate ideas may be as old as philosophy itself, as it may be one of the most basic conceptions. The notion that the character of our mental faculties is ... More


Defending Folk Psychology: The Limits of Coalitions

Louise Antony

in Passions and Projections: Themes from the Philosophy of Simon Blackburn

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780198723172
eISBN:
9780191789717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723172.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

There are two tasks a defender of folk psychology must undertake. One is to explain what is wrong with eliminativism. The other is to spell out and defend a view about the mind that explains why folk ... More


Narrow Content Meets Fat Syntax

Stephen Stich

in Collected Papers, Volume 1: Mind and Language, 1972–2010

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199734108
eISBN:
9780190267513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199734108.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter begins with a quick overview of Fodor's account of narrow content. It provides a sketch of how Fodor proposes to construct the notion and sets out a pair of reasons for doubting that ... More


Intentionality and Naturalism

Stephen Stich and Stephen Laurence

in Collected Papers, Volume 1: Mind and Language, 1972–2010

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199734108
eISBN:
9780190267513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199734108.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

A satisfactory account of what it is to “naturalize the intentional”—an account that makes sense of what Fodor sees as “the deepest motivation for intentional irrealism”—must satisfy two constraints. ... More


Concepts and Meaning in Medieval Philosophy

Stephen Read

in Intentionality, Cognition, and Mental Representation in Medieval Philosophy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823262748
eISBN:
9780823266586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823262748.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Stephen Read surveys the relationships between the psychology and logic of mental representations comparing some medieval doctrines with the recently very influential approach of Jerry Fodor. Fodor ... More


Systematicity

Robert Cummins

in The World in the Head

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199548033
eISBN:
9780191809835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199548033.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter explains the argument of Jerry Fodor that the human scheme of mental representation exhibits a classical structure, implying that the systematicity of thought and language is best ... More


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