What Computers (Still, Still) Can't Do: Jerry Fodor on Computation and Modularity

In Robert J. Stainton (ed.), New Essays in Philosophy of Language and Mind (2008)
Fodor's thinking on modularity has been influential throughout a range of the areas studying cognition, chiefly as a prod for positive work on modularity and domain-specificity. In The Mind Doesn't Work That Way, Fodor has developed the dark message of The Modularity of Mind regarding the limits to modularity and computational analyses. This paper offers a critical assessment of Fodor's scepticism with an eye to highlighting some broader issues in play, including the nature of computation and the role of recent empirical developments in the cognitive sciences in assessing Fodor's position.
Keywords modularity of mind  Jerry Fodor  computational theory of mind
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