The Modularity of Mind: An Essay on Faculty Psychology

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MIT Press, Jan 1, 1983 - Philosophy - 145 pages
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This study synthesizes current information from the various fields of cognitive science in support of a new and exciting theory of mind. Most psychologists study horizontal processes like memory and information flow; Fodor postulates a vertical and modular psychological organization underlying biologically coherent behaviors. This view of mental architecture is consistent with the historical tradition of faculty psychology while integrating a computational approach to mental processes. One of the most notable aspects of Fodor's work is that it articulates features not only of speculative cognitive architectures but also of current research in artificial intelligence.


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User Review  - Stas Sajin - Goodreads

Didn't buy his arguments. There are flaws tessellated throughout the book. He acknowledged the limits of modularity, buy only superficially, just so that all the bases get covered up. Read full review

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User Review  - Paul - Goodreads

This isn't a mediocre book as the rating stars might suggest, it's actually a very superb, original, and influential book by Jerry A. Fodor. However, the book is very hard to understand and keep up ... Read full review


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Jerry A. Fodor is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University and at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author of Modularity of Mind and RePresentations: Philosophical Essays on the Foundations of Cognitive Science.

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