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  1. added 2019-11-05
    Talking Our Way to Systematicity.Léa Salje - 2019 - Philosophical Studies 176 (10):2563-2588.
    Do we think in a language-like format? Taking the marker of language-like formats to be the property of unconstrained systematicity, this paper considers the following master argument for the claim that we do: language is unconstrainedly systematic, if language is unconstrainedly systematic then so is thought, so thought is unconstrainedly systematic. It is easy to feel that there is something right about this argument, that there will be some way of filling in its details that will vindicate the idea that (...)
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    Best Test Theory of Extension.Robert D. Rupert - 1996 - Dissertation, University of Illinois at Chicago
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    The Language of Thought. [REVIEW]L. J. - 1977 - Review of Metaphysics 31 (1):114-115.
    This book is a speculative, idiosyncratic, and important successor to Fodor, Bever, and Garrett’s Psychology of Language. It is also the first book in Crowell’s Language and Thought Series edited by J. J. Katz, T. Langedoen, and H. Savin. This is a manifesto which will determine the direction of some research and debate in the next few years. Given that, it is unfortunate that word play and verbal conceits are funnelled into what becomes almost a dialogue between text and footnotes (...)
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    Unshadowed Thought: Representation in Thought and Language. [REVIEW]Josef Stern - 2003 - Mind 112 (448):805-812.
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    Definitions: Implications for Syntax, Semantics, and the Language of Thought, by Annabel Cormack.Richard Horsey - 2001 - Mind and Language 16 (3):345-349.
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    Macleane's Reason, Thought, and Language, or The Many and The One.H. Austin Aikins - 1909 - Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods 6 (23):640.
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    LOT 2: The Language of Thought Revisited. [REVIEW]Michael O’Sullivan - 2011 - Disputatio 4 (30):199-204.
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    Emotional Intentionality and the Attitude-Content Distinction.Jonathan Mitchell - 2019 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 1.
    Typical emotions share important features with paradigmatic intentional states, and therefore might admit of distinctions made in theory of intentionality. One such distinction is between attitude and content, where we can specify the content of an intentional state separately from its attitude, and therefore the same content can be taken up by different intentional attitudes. According to some philosophers, emotions do not admit of this distinction, although there has been no sustained argument for this claim. In this article, I argue (...)
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    Attitude, Inference, Association: On the Propositional Structure of Implicit Bias.Eric Mandelbaum - 2016 - Noûs 50 (3):629-658.
    The overwhelming majority of those who theorize about implicit biases posit that these biases are caused by some sort of association. However, what exactly this claim amounts to is rarely specified. In this paper, I distinguish between different understandings of association, and I argue that the crucial senses of association for elucidating implicit bias are the cognitive structure and mental process senses. A hypothesis is subsequently derived: if associations really underpin implicit biases, then implicit biases should be modulated by counterconditioning (...)
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    Shared Modes of Presentation.Simon Prosser - 2019 - Mind and Language 34 (4):465-482.
    What is it for two people to think of an object, natural kind or other entity under the same mode of presentation (MOP)? This has seemed a particularly difficult question for advocates of the Mental Files approach, the Language of Thought, or other ‘atomistic’ theories. In this paper I propose a simple answer. I first argue that, by parallel with the synchronic intrapersonal case, the sharing of a MOP should involve a certain kind of epistemic transparency between the token thoughts (...)
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    Coining Terms In The Language of Thought: Innateness, Emergence, and the Lot of Cummins’s Argument Against the Causal Theory of Mental Content.Robert D. Rupert - 2001 - Journal of Philosophy 98 (10):499-530.
    Robert Cummins argues that any causal theory of mental content (CT) founders on an established fact of human psychology: that theory mediates sensory detection. He concludes,.
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    "LOT2" by Jerry A. Fodor. [REVIEW]Tim Crane - 2009 - The Times Literary Supplement 1.
    In G.K. Chesterton’s The Man who was Thursday, six of the seven anarchists named after different days of the week turn out to be secret policemen. Chesterton’s hero Syme finds himself opposed to not just a disparate group of anarchists, but to the unified forces of authority. A similar thing seems to have happened in recent years to Jerry Fodor. When Fodor published The Language of Thought in 1975 his targets were, as he says, ‘a mixed bag’: reductionists, behaviourists, empiricists, (...)
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    Računala, mozak i ljudski um.Nenad Miščević & Nenad Smokrović (eds.) - 2001 - Rijeka: Izdavački centar Rijeka.
  14. added 2018-02-16
    The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Psychology.Sarah Robins, John Symons & Paco Calvo (eds.) - 2009 - Routledge.
    _The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Psychology, Second Edition_ is an invaluable guide and major reference source to the major topics, problems, concepts and debates in philosophy of psychology and is the first companion of its kind. A team of renowned international contributors provide forty-nine chapters organised into six clear parts: Historical background to Philosophy of Psychology Psychological Explanation Cognition and Representation The biological basis of psychology Perceptual Experience Personhood. _The Companion_ covers key topics such as the origins of experimental (...)
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    Language and Thought: Interdisciplinary Themes.Peter Carruthers & Jill Boucher (eds.) - 1998 - Cambridge University Press.
    What is the place of language in human cognition? Do we sometimes think in natural language? Or is language for purposes of interpersonal communication only? Although these questions have been much debated in the past, they have almost dropped from sight in recent decades amongst those interested in the cognitive sciences. Language and Thought is intended to persuade such people to think again. It brings together essays by a distinguished interdisciplinary team of philosophers and psychologists, who discuss various ways in (...)
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    Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences: Proceedings of the 16th International Wittgenstein Symposium (Kirchberg Am Wechsel, Austria 1993).Roberto Casati & Barry Smith (eds.) - 1994 - Vienna: Wien: Hölder-Pichler-Tempsky.
    Online collection of papers by Devitt, Dretske, Guarino, Hochberg, Jackson, Petitot, Searle, Tye, Varzi and other leading thinkers on philosophy and the foundations of cognitive Science. Topics dealt with include: Wittgenstein and Cognitive Science, Content and Object, Logic and Foundations, Language and Linguistics, and Ontology and Mereology.
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    Concepts in Context.Andrea Onofri - 2012 - Dissertation, University of St. Andrews
    My thesis tackles two related problems that have taken center stage in the recent literature on concepts: • What are the individuation conditions of concepts? Under what conditions is a concept C₁ the same concept as a concept C₂? • What are the possession conditions of concepts? What conditions must be satisfied for a thinker to have a concept C? I will develop a pluralist and contextualist theory of concept individuation and possession: different concepts have different individuation and possession conditions, (...)
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    Language of Thought.Murat Aydede - 2017 - Oxford Bibliographies Online.
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    Mind, Language and Subjectivity: Minimal Content and the Theory of Thought.Nicholas Georgalis - 2015 - Routledge.
    In this monograph Nicholas Georgalis further develops his important work on minimal content, recasting and providing novel solutions to several of the fundamental problems faced by philosophers of language. His theory defends and explicates the importance of ‘thought-tokens’ and minimal content and their many-to-one relation to linguistic meaning, challenging both ‘externalist’ accounts of thought and the solutions to philosophical problems of language they inspire. The concepts of idiolect, use, and statement made are critically discussed, and a classification of kinds of (...)
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    The Behavior Analytic Approach to Language and Thought.R. E. Lana - 2002 - Journal of Mind and Behavior 23 (1-2):31-49.
    In psychologists' attempts to explain the nature of language and thought, all pretense of building an axiomatic system was laid aside. The severely limited success of formal axiomatic systems in psychology eliminated most of the desire to even attempt such a project shortly after Hull's work was completed. Whatever axiomatic qualities psychological theories possess, they are rarely expressed as such. We have seen that Dollard and Miller translated some Freudian principles into those of Hull, and although they demonstrated the similarities (...)
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    Reviews-Language and Thought: Interdisciplinary Themes.Peter Carruthers, Jill Boucher & Jane Heal - 1999 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 50 (2):305-308.
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    Pierre Jacob, on The Elm and the Expert: Mentalese and Its Semantics.J. Fodor - 1996 - European Journal of Philosophy 4:373-378.
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    Passionate Thought: Computation, Thought and Action in Hobbes.Michael Losonsky - 1993 - Pragmatics and Cognition 1 (2):245-266.
    According to a computational view of mind, thinking is identified with the manipulation of internal mental representations and intelligent behavior is the output of these computations. Although Thomas Hobbes's philosophy of mind is taken by many to be a precursor of this brand of cognitivism, this is not the case. For Hobbes, not all thinking is the manipulation of language-like symbols, and intelligent behavior is partly constitutive of cognition. Cognition requires a 'passionate thought', and this Hobbsian synthesis of inner thought (...)
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    Some Varieties of Thinking: Reflections on Meinong and Fodor.Wolfgang Künne - 1995 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 50 (1):365-395.
    The first half of the paper reflects on a couple of folk-psychological notions. "Belief and "judgement" are selected for special attention. They cover two varieties of thinking, a mental state and a mental act. Both lay claim to truth, and thereby stand in marked contrast to their nowadays sadly neglected non-committal counterparts. Meinong, of course, did not neglect them, and his notions of "Annehmen " and "Denken " play a decisive role in the paper. - The Lingua Mentis Hypothesis is (...)
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    I. Background.Robert C. Cummins, James Blackmon, David Byrd, Pierre Poirier & Martin Roth - unknown
    The current debate over systematicity concerns the formal conditions a scheme of mental representation must satisfy in order to explain the systematicity of thought.1 The systematicity of thought is assumed to be a pervasive property of minds, and can be characterized (roughly) as follows: anyone who can think T can think systematic variants of T, where the systematic variants of T are found by permuting T’s constituents. So, for example, it is an alleged fact that anyone who can think the (...)
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    Fodor: Language, Mind and Philosophy Mark Cain Cambridge: Polity Press, 2002, Ix + 240 Pp., $62.95, $22.96 Paper. [REVIEW]David Ohreen - 2004 - Dialogue 43 (2):395-.
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    Do Nonhuman Animals Have a Language of Thought?Beck Jacob - forthcoming - In The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds. Routledge.
    Because we humans speak a public language, there has always been a special reason to suppose that we have a language of thought. For nonhuman animals, this special reason is missing, and the issue is less straightforward. On the one hand, there is evidence of various types of nonlinguistic representations, such as analog magnitude representations, which can explain many types of intelligent behavior. But on the other hand, the mere fact that some aspects of animal cognition can be explained by (...)
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    Principles of Language and Mind.T. P. Waldron - 1985 - Routledge & Kegan Paul.
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    Language, Thought and Consciousness: An Essay in Philosophical Psychology.Greg Jarrett & Peter Carruthers - 1998 - Philosophical Review 107 (2):315.
    Carruthers offers a refreshing piece of “substantive philosophy.” Going beyond the limitations of pure analysis, he adopts a methodology which is one part analysis, one part empirical data, and a heavy dose of inference to the best explanation. The overarching goal is to advance the commonsense—yet unfashionable—thesis that natural language is the primary medium of thought, and to defend the related cognitive conception of NL. In particular, Carruthers argues that imaginative phonological representations of “inner speech” are constitutive of conscious thoughts, (...)
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    A Critical Study of the Language of Thought Hypothesis.Jaime Ramos-Arenas - 2000 - Dissertation, State University of New York at Buffalo
    This is a critical examination of Jerry Fodor's language of thought hypothesis . Fodor postulated a system of mental representations in which mental processes are supposed to be coded. The language of thought is alleged to be a discrete representational system which has a finite vocabulary, a compositional syntactic structure and a set of semantic rules that determine the meanings of the expressions. This mental language is supposed to be innate and instantiated in the brain, where neural objects or processes (...)
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    Mental Content in a Physical World: An Alternative to Mentalese.Christopher David Viger - 1999 - Dissertation, Mcgill University (Canada)
    In an attempt to show how rational explanation of human and animal behaviour has a place in the scientific explanation of our physical world, Fodor advances the language of thought hypothesis. The purpose of this dissertation is to argue that, contrary to the language of thought hypothesis, we need not possess a linguistic internal representational system distinct from any natural language to serve as the medium of thinking. I accept that we have an internal representational system, but by analyzing Fodor's (...)
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    The Medium of Thought: A Model of Representational and Inferential Productivity.Jonathan Andrew Waskan - 1999 - Dissertation, Washington University
    Because thought is a process involving representations, philosophers have tried to understand it by invoking metaphors rooted in other known forms of representation. The two most common metaphors for thought are the language metaphor and the picture metaphor. Any viable theory regarding the representational format of thought will need to account for the central characteristics of thought. Foremost amongst these is the capacity to manipulate representations in a truth-preserving manner. It is on the basis of such representational manipulations that we (...)
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    Rosemary J. Stevenson, Language, Thought, and Representation.Jesus Martínez & Mauricio Miqueleiz - 1995 - Pragmatics and Cognition 3 (2):394-398.
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    Propositional Attitudes and the Language of Thought.Clark Christopher Shores - 1985 - Dissertation, University of Washington
    The language of thought hypothesis holds that propositional attitudes are causes of behavior and identical to relations between subjects and tokens in a language-like system of mental representation. Its main support is Jerry Fodor's argument that our only plausible psychological models of cognitive processes presuppose it. This dissertation examines criticisms of Fodor's argument by three philosophers: Christopher Peacocke, Stephen Stich, and Daniel Dennett. Peacocke argues that cognitive processes do not require a language of thought since the states realizing them need (...)
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    Language in Thought and Action.S. I. Hayakawa, Leo Hamalian & Geoffrey Wagner - 1968 - Foundations of Language 4 (2):192-199.
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    FODOR, J., & KATZ, J. J.: "Structure of Language". [REVIEW]J. J. C. Smart - 1965 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 43:116.
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    Semantic Nativism and the Language of Thought: Some Implications of the American Sign Language for Fodor's Innateness Hypothesis.James Edward Haynes - 1999 - Dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park
    This dissertation is an examination of the Language of Thought thesis posited by Jerry Fodor. Fodor believes that our language of thought is a very robust language, one that essentially has all of the conceptual resources of any humanly possible language. I find Fodor's position regarding concepts extreme---too much is innate in the Language of Thought as he posits it. I believe that an analysis of the American Sign Language may cast light on some of the problems with Fodor's view. (...)
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    "The Structure of Language". By J. A. Fodor and J. J. Katz. [REVIEW]L. Jonathan Cohen - 1966 - Philosophical Quarterly 16 (63):165.
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    Language Argument?William Child - 2013 - In Peter Sullivan Michael Potter (ed.), Wittgenstein's Tractatus. History and Interpretation. Oxford University Press. pp. 143.
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    Inference From Absence in Language and Thought.Ulrike Hahn & Oaksford & Mike - 2008 - In Nick Chater & Mike Oaksford (eds.), The Probabilistic Mind: Prospects for Bayesian Cognitive Science. Oxford University Press.
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    Meringer, Rudolf (1859-1931).A. Cutler - unknown
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    The Cognitive Approach to Language and Thought.Robert E. Lana - 2002 - Journal of Mind and Behavior 23 (1-2):51-67.
    It has been maintained that the so-called cognitive approach to explaining the nature of language and thought began as a reaction to the entrenched behaviorism of the 1950's. The reader will recall that during the period from roughly 1930 to 1957, strict behavioral interpretation of animal and human activities of all sorts was challenged both from within and without. Edwin Tolman - who called himself a behaviorist - spoke of "cognitive maps" developing in rats who were given certain learning tasks. (...)
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    The Language of Thought and the Embodied Nature of Language Use.NormanYujen Teng - 1999 - Philosophical Studies 94 (3):237-251.
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    Doing Without Mentalese.Seven Arguments Against Mentalese - 1995 - Behavior and Philosophy 23:42-47.
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    On Language, Thought, and Representation (Rosemary J. Stevenson).J. Ezquerro Martinez & M. I. Miqueleiz - 1995 - Pragmatics and Cognition 3:394-397.
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    Rosemary J. Stevenson,Language, Thought, and Representation.Jesus Ezquerro Martínez & Mauricio Iza Miqueleiz - 1995 - Pragmatics and Cognition 3 (2):394-398.
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    Thought, Language and Philosophy.Peter Caws - 1975 - In Don Ihde & Richard M. Zaner (eds.), Dialogues in Phenomenology. Martinus Nijhoff. pp. 49--63.
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    Is the Mystery of Thought Demystified by Context‐Dependent Categorisation? Towards a New Relation Between Language and Thought.Michael S. C. Thomas, Harry R. M. Purser & Denis Mareschal - 2012 - Mind and Language 27 (5):595-618.
    We argue that are no such things as literal categories in human cognition. Instead, we argue that there are merely temporary coalescences of dimensions of similarity, which are brought together by context in order to create the similarity structure in mental representations appropriate for the task at hand. Fodor contends that context‐sensitive cognition cannot be realised by current computational theories of mind. We address this challenge by describing a simple computational implementation that exhibits internal knowledge representations whose similarity structure alters (...)
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    Language, Thought and Consciousness.Jane Heal - 1999 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 59 (2):553-555.
    This is an excellent, lively and thought provoking book. I should like to remark first how clear and readable it is. The ideas presented are intricate; they require the making of many distinctions and the canvassing of numerous alternative views. But Carruthers pursues matters in an orderly and well-paced way; he moves helpfully between sketching the large scale picture and filling in the detail; he takes care to signpost where he is and to make plain whether he considers the arguments (...)
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    Language, Thought, and World.David K. Johnson - 1993 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 11 (1):3-5.
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