In Critical Condition: Polemical Essays on Cognitive Science and the Philosophy of Mind

Paperback | January 27, 2000

byJerry A. Fodor

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In this book Jerry Fodor contrasts his views about the mind with those of a number of well-known philosophers and cognitive scientists, including John McDowell, Christopher Peacocke, Paul Churchland, Daniel Dennett, Paul Smolensky, and Richard Dawkins. Several of these essays are published here for the first time. The rest originated as book reviews in the Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books, or in journals of philosophy or psychology. The topics examined include cognitive architecture, the nature of concepts, and the status of Darwinism in psychology. Fodor constructs a version of the Representational Theory of Mind that blends Intentional Realism, Computational Reductionism, Nativism, and Semantic Atomism.

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 Jurgen Habermas presents 10 previously unpublished and newly translated essays in the anthology On the Pragmatics of Communication, edited by Maeve Cooke. These essays focus on Habermas' philosophical investigations into the formal pragmatics of linguistics. Suitable for scholars and professors, Habermas' academic essays describe his ...

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In this book Jerry Fodor contrasts his views about the mind with those of a number of well-known philosophers and cognitive scientists, including John McDowell, Christopher Peacocke, Paul Churchland, Daniel Dennett, Paul Smolensky, and Richard Dawkins. Several of these essays are published here for the first time. The rest originated a...

Jerry Fodor is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. His many books include In Critical Condition (MIT Press, 1998) and The Elm and the Expert (MIT Press, 1994). Jack Snyder is the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations at Columbia University. He is the author of From Voting to Violence: Democratizatio...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:229 pages, 8.9 × 5.9 × 0.5 inPublished:January 27, 2000Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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 Jurgen Habermas presents 10 previously unpublished and newly translated essays in the anthology On the Pragmatics of Communication, edited by Maeve Cooke. These essays focus on Habermas' philosophical investigations into the formal pragmatics of linguistics. Suitable for scholars and professors, Habermas' academic essays describe his societal theories about communicative action. Also included are his ongoing concerns about such philosophical issues such as the relationship between truth, rationality and action. In the end, Habermas suggests a systematic reconstruction of intuitive linguistic knowledge for application to common communication practices.

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Over the past three decades Jerry Fodor has had a major hand in shaping the agenda of philosophy of mind and psychology. This collection of his critical responses to the positions and views of other philosophers in the field is timely and highly valuable. His discussion of philosophers and psychologists ranging from John McDowell Chris Peacocke Dan Dennett Paul Churchland Alvin Plantinga to Paul Smolensky Richard Dawkins and Steven Pinker is always informative insightful and never less than hugely entertaining! But above all the value of the book lies in the fact that by illuminating others Fodor illuminates himself. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in the current debates in philosophy of mind and the foundations of cognitive science.