The Compositionality Papers

Paperback | July 1, 2002

EditorJerry A. Fodor, Ernest Lepore

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Jerry Fodor and Ernie Lepore have produced a series of original and controversial essays on issues relating to compositionality in language and mind; they have now revised them all for publication together in this volume. Compositionality is the following aspect of a system of representation:the complex symbols in the system inherit their syntactic and semantic properties from the primitive symbols of the system. Fodor and Lepore argue that compositionality determines what view we must take of the nature of concepts. Anyone trying to figure out how language and mind work must takeaccount of this challenging work by two leading figures in the field.

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Jerry Fodor and Ernie Lepore have produced a series of original and controversial essays on issues relating to compositionality in language and mind; they have now revised them all for publication together in this volume. Compositionality is the following aspect of a system of representation:the complex symbols in the system inherit th...

Jerry A. Fodor is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Ernie Lepore is Director of Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.5 inPublished:July 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionComposition1. Why Meaning Probably isn't Conceptual Role (1991)2. The Pet Fish and the Red Herring: Why Concepts aren't Prototypes (1996)3. Why Compositionality Won't Go Away: Reflections on Horwich's 'Deflationary Theory' (2001)4. What Can't be Valued, Can't be Valued, and it Can't be Supervalued Either (1996)Decomposition5. The Emptiness of the Lexicon (1998)6. Impossible Word Arguments (1999)New Pragmatists7. Brandom's Burdens: Critical Study of Brandom's Articulating Reasons8. Churchland on State Space Semantics (1996)9. All at Sea in Semantic Space: Churchland on Meaning Similarity (1999)