Psychosemantics: The Problem of Meaning in the Philosophy of Mind

Paperback | September 7, 1989

byJerry A. Fodor

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Psychosemantics explores the relation between commonsense psychological theories and problems that are central to semantics and the philosophy of language. Building on and extending Fodor's earlier work it puts folk psychology on firm theoretical ground and rebuts externalist, holist, and naturalist threats to its position.

This book is included in the series Explorations in Cognitive Science, edited by Margaret A. Boden.

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Psychosemantics explores the relation between commonsense psychological theories and problems that are central to semantics and the philosophy of language. Building on and extending Fodor's earlier work, it puts folk psychology on firm theoretical ground and rebuts externalist, holist, and naturalist threats to its position.

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Psychosemantics explores the relation between commonsense psychological theories and problems that are central to semantics and the philosophy of language. Building on and extending Fodor's earlier work it puts folk psychology on firm theoretical ground and rebuts externalist, holist, and naturalist threats to its position. This book i...

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Psychosemantics explores the relation between commonsense psychological theories and problems that are central to semantics and the philosophy of language. Building on and extending Fodor's earlier work, it puts folk psychology on firm theoretical ground and rebuts externalist, holist, and naturalist threats to its position.

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).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:189 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:September 7, 1989Publisher:The MIT Press

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ISBN - 10:0262560526

ISBN - 13:9780262560528

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from What Words Mean PSYCHOSEMANTICS is a prominent linguist's case for why our intuitive sense of "word meaning" is the ONLY credible argument available. Both his first and last chapters are particularly useful - the remainder is too technical for most readers, and there are not enough examples. One good source of examples (if somewhat bizzare) is Al S. Morrison's INSIGHT INTO INFORMATION.
Date published: 2010-06-24

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Psychosemantics explores the relation between commonsense psychological theories and problems that are central to semantics and the philosophy of language. Building on and extending Fodor's earlier work, it puts folk psychology on firm theoretical ground and rebuts externalist, holist, and naturalist threats to its position.

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(Fodor's) aim in this book is to protect folk psychology, as a solid basis for mental science, from a range of objections that have been brought against it in recent years, mainly by philosophers. He does so with verve, clarity and wit, generally getting the better of his revisionary opponents. The book is vintage Fodor: clever, stimulating, challenging, infuriating.