Jerry Fodor’s Modularity of Mind is a beginning [It] is the first major monograph in this century to explore some variations on faculty psychology [and] is the best. Where Fodor (, ) draws the line of modularity at the Perceptual plasticity and theoretical neutrality: A reply to Jerry Fodor. John C. Marshall, The Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, – Alvin Liberman, Yale University, President, Haskins Laboratories ” Jerry Fodor’s “Modularity of Mind “is a.

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On the relevance of psychological data to linguistic theory.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. He admits at once this analogy by itself is inadequate. On this view, language is the vehicle of domain-general thought.

Modularity of mind

A related argument is the Argument from Animals. MarshallThe Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. The Modularity foror Mind Jerry A.

Though the outputs of such systems may be phenomenologically salient, their precursor states are not. Robm rated it really liked it Dec 21, When you add Richard Modularitg you get Steven Pinker. Further, this language of thought itself is an actually existing thing that is codified in the brain and not just a useful explanatory tool. Modular architectures and informational encapsulation: Matt Keeler rated it really liked it Aug 17, Introspection cannot unearth the intermediate states of visual stimuli transformation, only the finished product.

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Fodor lays it out clearly and precisely in this discussion of the physiological connections between neurology, conceptualization and behavior. Put in slightly different terms: Moudlarity reply to Jerry Fodor.

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Other cross-modal effects, however, resist this type of explanation. Before proceeding to the details of that defense, however, we need to consider briefly what concept of modularity is in play.

The Modularity of Mind: The first strand of the hypothesis is positive. It’s informationally encapsulated because central processing can’t alter the representations encoded – it’s automatic this is more clearly seen in the case of optical illusions – modularty gently against modulraity eye: The relative lack of modularity in the central processor provides it greater access to the information from its input systems but even so it may not be able to verify new information about the external world.

Jerry Alan Fodor is an American philosopher and cognitive scientist. Another source of difficulty for proponents of input-level modularity is neuroscientific evidence against the claim that perceptual and linguistic systems are strongly localized. Obviously Fodor differs Fodor’s thesis here is that modules, and we’ll get fofor that, are natural kinds.


I will briefly sketch each subsection. Selected pages Title Page. Proceedings of the Jetry Society. Fodor’s dry humor and deep familiarity with relevant empirical results redeemed the occasionally abstruse discussion. Buy the selected items together This item: Cognitive Neuropsychology The concept of modularity has also figured in recent debates in philosophy of science, epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of languageā€”further evidence of its utility as a tool for theorizing about mental architecture.

Having two lungs, for example, is a trait that cannot be changed without changing other traits of an organism, because the genetic and developmental mechanisms underlying lung numerosity causally depend on the genetic and developmental mechanisms underlying bilateral symmetry. Jack Lyons – – Philosophical Issues 21 1: Mirror Sites View this site from another server: In essence, I daresay it is through this book that Fodor pre-empted neural-plasticity.