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Locality

Jerry A. Fodor

in LOT 2

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548774
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191721106 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548774.003.0004
Locality

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There are increasingly good reasons to doubt that the ‘classical’ representational theory of mind (RTM) language of thought (LOT) computational theory of mind (CTM) model is anything like a general account of how the cognitive mind works; and the magnitude of our current bewilderment about certain aspects of cognitive processes is the measure of the failure. This is not, of course, a cause for lamentation. A lot of our best science has been learned from the falsification of prima facie interesting ideas: it's a matter of figuring out where you are by finding out where you aren't. Just as Holmes says: ‘When you've eliminated all the impossibles, what's left must be the truth’. Assuming, of course, that there is anything left, and assuming that there is only one of them. This chapter is about what seems to have gone wrong.

Keywords: representational theory of mind; language of thought; computational theory of mind; cognitive processes

Chapter.  10078 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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