Putting concepts to work: Some thoughts for the twenty first century

Mind and Language 19 (1):57-69 (2004)
Abstract
Fodor’s theory makes thinking prior to doing. It allows for an inactive agent or pure reflector, and for agents whose actions in various ways seem to float free of their own conceptual repertoires. We show that naturally evolved creatures are not like that. In the real world, thinking is always and everywhere about doing. The point of having a brain is to guide the actions of embodied beings in a complex material world. Some of those actions are, to be sure, more recondite than others. But in every case the contents of thoughts still look to depend, in some non-unique but vitally important way, on the kinds of doings they support
Keywords Analyticity  Concept  Metaphysics  Pragmatism  Rationalism
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Andy Clark (2006). Material Symbols. Philosophical Psychology 19 (3):291-307.
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