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|Jerry Alan Fodor|
|Full name||Jerry Alan Fodor|
New York City, New York
|Era||20th / 21st-century philosophy|
|Main interests||Philosophy of mind
Philosophy of language
Rationalism · Cognitivism
|Notable ideas||Modularity of mind
Language of thought
His studies have concerned themselves with the idea of whether thought is expressed in language or whether it is absurd to think so. Fodor also attempted to tie in the design of the brain to the thoughts held within. This is described by many as a return to the 19th century practice of phrenology, although Fodor offers more science to back his version up than phrenologists. It is these views which led other philosophers, such as Jared Cole and Daniel Dennett to describe Fodor's claims as absurd and out of date.
Fodor currently lives in New York City with his wife, Janet. He has two children and several cats. Outside philosophy he enjoys opera and writes for the London Review of Books.
- Fodor, Jerry A. 1975. The language of thought.
- Fodor, Jerry A. 1981. Representations: philosophical essays on the foundations of cognitive science. The MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-06079-5
- Fodor, Jerry A. 1983. The modularity of mind. The MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-56025-9
- Fodor, Jerry A. 2000. The mind doesn't work that way: the scope and limits of computational psychology. MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-56146-8