Mentalese semantics and the naturalized mind

Philosophical Psychology 17 (1):77-94 (2004)
In a number of important works, Jerry Fodor has wrestled with the problem of how mental representation can be accounted for within a physicalist framework. His favored response has attempted to identify nonintentional conditions for intentionality, relying on a nexus of casual relations between symbols and what they represent. I examine Fodor's theory and argue that it fails to meet its own conditions for adequacy insofar as it presupposes the very phenomenon that it purports to account for. I conclude, however, that the ontological commitments of intentional psychology survive within a broader conception of naturalism than the one adopted by Fodor
Keywords Mentalese  Metaphysics  Mind  Physicalism  Semantics  Fodor, J
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DOI 10.1080/0951508042000202390
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