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Minds without Meanings: An Essay on the Content of Concepts

Jerry A. Fodor and Zenon W. Pylyshyn

Abstract

In cognitive science, conceptual content is frequently understood as the “meaning” of a mental representation. This position raises largely empirical questions about what concepts are, what form they take in mental processes, and how they connect to the world they are about. This book reviews some of the proposals put forward to answer these questions and find that none of them is remotely defensible. The text determines that all of these proposals share a commitment to a two-factor theory of conceptual content, which holds that the content of a concept consists of its sense together with its ... More

Keywords: mental representation, concepts, mental processes, conceptual content, theory of concepts, cognitive science, perceptual reference

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262027908
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027908.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jerry A. Fodor, author
Rutgers University

Zenon W. Pylyshyn, author