A Theory of Content and Other Essays by Jerry A. Fodor

By Jerry A. Fodor

This selection of new and formerly released essays displays the main examine and regarded considered one of cutting-edge preeminent philosophers of brain. the 1st seven essays are philosophical items that target psychological illustration and the foundations of intentionality; they're through 4 mental essays on cognitive structure. In his eloquent creation, Fodor exhibits how the 2 parts are thematically united and epistemologically similar, highlighting his curiosity in discovering possible choices to holistic money owed of cognitive content.Jerry A. Fodor is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers college and on the urban collage of recent York Graduate heart.

Show description

Read Online or Download A Theory of Content and Other Essays PDF

Best humanism books

Hegel's Idea of the Good Life

In Hegel’s proposal of the nice lifestyles, Joshua D. Goldstein provides the 1st book-length learn of the improvement and which means of Hegel’s account of human flourishing. in comparison to the strong conceptions of human excellence present in historic advantage ethics or the dedication to individualism within the sleek ethics of the need, Hegel’s political notion can seem impoverished for its failure both to include or exposit these optimum beliefs of human flourishing that would supply an enough advisor to lifestyles.

Hegel’s Critique of Aristotle’s Philosophy of Mind

At contrary ends of over millenia Hegel and Aristotle, nearly by myself of the good ecu thinkers, consciously tried to criticize and strengthen the idea in their predecessors into platforms in their personal. either have been therefore dedicated in precept to the view that philosophy in each one age of civilization is without delay a product, a feedback, and a recon­ struction of the values and insights of its personal prior; that the fertile brain can simply beget anew while it has said and understood a line of ancestors which has ended in its begetting; that the philosopher as low as the artist can commence with a fresh slate and a blankly open-minded atti­ tude to the area which he unearths inside him and sooner than him.

A phenomenology of love and hate

Utilizing phenomenology to discover the implicit common sense in own love, sexual love, and hatred, Peter Hadreas presents new insights into the individuality of the cherished and provides clean reasons for a few of the worst outbreaks of violence and hatred nowa days. themes mentioned contain the price and subjectivity of non-public love, nudity and the temporality of sexual love, the relationship among own, sexual love, and the incest taboo, the improvement of group-focused hatred from person concentrated hatred, and prejudicial discrimination.

Philosophy of Mind and Phenomenology: Conceptual and Empirical Approaches

This quantity identifies and develops how philosophy of brain and phenomenology have interaction in either conceptual and empirically-informed methods. the target is to illustrate that phenomenology, because the first-personal examine of the contents and constructions of our mentality, grants us with insights into the certainty of the brain and will supplement strictly analytical or empirically educated ways to the research of the brain.

Additional resources for A Theory of Content and Other Essays

Sample text

And, for another, resemblance theories have troubles with the singularity of representation.  But it doesn't, so again resemblance can't be sufficient for representation.  Indeed, if it was tiger a that caused them, it follows that tiger b didn't (assuming, of course, that tiger a is distinct from tiger b).  I'll suggest that the answer turns out to be that, in a certain sense, it's not, and that this conclusion may be more acceptable than at first appears.  But I think too that causal theories have some pretty kinky consequences, and it's these that I want to make explicit.

It became clear to me that whatever danger threatened an occupant of the room could not come either from the window or the door.  The discovery that this was a dummy, and that the bed was clamped to the floor, instantly gave rise to the suspicion that the rope was there as a bridge for something passing through the hole, and coming to the bed.  .  I assume, however, that liberation has set in by now; we have no philosophically impressive reason to doubt that Holmes's train of thoughts went pretty much the way that he says it did.

Information is correlation and though correlations can be better or worse—more or less reliable—there is no sense to the notion of a miscorrelation; hence there is nothing, so far, to build the notion of misrepresentation out of.  Some sort of identification of misrepresentations with etiologically wild tokenings is at the heart of all causal accounts of misrepresentation. , by something that is, like S, sufficient but not necessary for bringing Rs about.  If, however, what Rs represent is not S but (S v T), then tokenings of R that are caused by T aren't, after all, wild tokenings and our account of misrepresentation has gone West.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.76 of 5 – based on 23 votes