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On Fodor's Problem

dc.contributor.authorCarruthers, Peter
dc.date.accessioned2007-03-15T17:05:43Z
dc.date.available2007-03-15T17:05:43Z
dc.date.issued2003-11
dc.identifier.citationPeter Carruthers, "On Fodor's Problem," Mind and Language, Vol. 18 No. 5 November 2003, p. 502-523.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/4335
dc.description.abstractThis paper sketches a solution to a problem which has been emphasized by Fodor. This is the problem of how to explain distinctively-human flexible cognition in modular terms. There are three aspects to the proposed account. First, it is suggested that natural language sentences might serve to integrate the outputs of a number of conceptual modules. Second, a creative sentence-generator, or supposer, is postulated. And third, it is argued that a set of principles of inference to the best explanation can be constructed from already-extant aspects of linguistic testimony and discourse interpretation. Most importantly, it is suggested that the resulting architecture should be implementable in ways that are computationally tractable.en
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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing, Ltd.en
dc.subjectFodoren
dc.subjectcognitionen
dc.subjectmodularityen
dc.subjectnatural languageen
dc.subjectcreative sentence-generatoren
dc.subjectsupposeren
dc.subjectlinguisticsen
dc.subjectcomputationen
dc.titleOn Fodor's Problemen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.relation.isAvailableAtCollege of Arts & Humanitiesen_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtPhilosophyen_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_us
dc.rights.licenseCopyright Blackwell Publishing, Ltd. The definitive version is available at http://www.blackwell-synergy.com.en_us


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