Learning to think: A response to the language of thought argument for innateness

Mind and Language 20 (3):313-25 (2005)
Jerry Fodor's argument for an innate language of thought continues to be a hurdle for researchers arguing that natural languages provide us with richer conceptual systems than our innate cognitive resources. I argue that because the logical/formal terms of natural languages are given a usetheory of meaning, unlike predicates, logical/formal terms might be learned without a mediating internal representation. In that case, our innate representational system might have less logical structure than a natural language, making it possible that we augment our innate representational system and improve our ability to think by learning a natural language
Keywords Acquisition  Innateness  Language  Learning  Metaphysics  Thinking  Fodor, Jerry
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DOI 10.1111/j.0268-1064.2005.00287.x
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