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The Language of Thought: A New Philosophical Direction

Susan Schneider


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 are weak. This philosophical refashioning of LOT and the related computational theory of mind (CTM), offers a different framework than has been developed by LOT and CTM’s main architect, Jerry Fodor: one that seeks integration with neuroscience, repudiates Fodor’s pessimism about the capacity of cognitive science to explain cognition, embraces pragmatism, and advances a different approach to the nat ... More

Keywords: language, mind, cognitive science, philosophy of mind, Jerry Fodor, neuroscience, cognition, pragmatism, mental symbols, presentation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262015578
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015578.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Schneider, author