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The Architecture of CognitionRethinking Fodor and Pylyshyn's Systematicity Challenge$
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Paco Calvo and John Symons

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027236

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.001.0001

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Neo-Empiricism and the Structure of Thoughts

Neo-Empiricism and the Structure of Thoughts

(p.335) 13 Neo-Empiricism and the Structure of Thoughts
The Architecture of Cognition

Edouard Machery

The MIT Press

According to neo-empiricism, the vehicles of tokened concepts are not different in kind from the vehicles of perceptual representations. In this chapter, I argue that if neo-empiricism were right, our capacity to think—to move from thought to thought—would be either mysterious or a matter of a contingent history of learning. Fodor and Pylyshyn's classic article against connectionism is used to develop this criticism, since neo-empiricists’ views about the nature of thoughts suffer from problems similar to those Fodor and Pylyshyn diagnosed with connectionism twenty-five years ago.

Keywords:   Systematicity, Neo-empiricism, Concepts, Thinking, Prinz, Barsalou

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