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Jerry Alan Fodor

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(1935– ) American philosopher of mind. Born in New York city and educated at Columbia and Princeton, Fodor teaches at Rutgers and the City University of New York. He is known for ...

Fodor, Jerry Alan

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The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (3 ed.)

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2016
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..., Jerry Alan ( 1935–2017 ) American philosopher of mind . Born in New York city and educated at Columbia and Princeton, Fodor taught at Rutgers and the City University of New York. He was known for a resolute realism about the nature of mental functioning. Taking the analogy between thought and computation seriously, Fodor believed that mental representations should be conceived as individual states with their own identities and structures, like formulae transformed by processes of computation or thought. His views are frequently contrasted with those...

Fodor, Jerry Alan

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The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers

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2010
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..., Jerry Alan ( 1935– ) Jerry Fodor was born on 22 April 1935 in New York City. He earned his BA summa cum laude from Columbia University in 1956 . He then attended Princeton University and received his PhD in philosophy in 1960 , working with Hilary Putnam . During 1959–60 Fodor was a philosophy instructor in the humanities department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 1960–61 he attended the University of Oxford as a Fulbright Fellow. Fodor returned to MIT in 1961 as an assistant professor in the humanities department, where ...

Jerry Alan Fodor

Jerry Alan Fodor  

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(1935– )American philosopher of mind. Born in New York city and educated at Columbia and Princeton, Fodor teaches at Rutgers and the City University of New York. He is known for a resolute realism ...
Sylvain Bromberger

Sylvain Bromberger  

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(1924–)Sylvain Brombergerwas born on 7 July 1924 in Antwerp, Belgium, where his parents had moved from Poland. His entire family fled Belgium when the Nazis invaded in 1940. They ...
Norwood Russell Hanson

Norwood Russell Hanson  

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(1924–67)Norwood Russell Hanson was an Oxford-educated philosopher and physicist who helped transform professional philosophy of science in the late 1950s and 60s. Over the course of a career in ...
language of thought

language of thought  

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Following Aristotle some have argued that the significance of spoken words derives from intrinsically meaningful interior ‘speech’. According to Ockham the propositio vocalis is posterior to and ...
Daniel C. Dennett

Daniel C. Dennett  

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(1942– ).Dennett's guiding idea is that of the ‘intentional stance’. We take the intentional stance towards a system—a person, a bat, a computer—when we attribute rationality to the system and ...
Marvin Lee Minsky

Marvin Lee Minsky  

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(1927–) American computer scientistThe son of a surgeon, Minsky was born in New York and educated at Harvard and at Princeton, where he obtained his PhD in 1954. He taught at Harvard before moving to ...
modularity of mind

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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2015

...traced to the Greek philosopher Aristotle ( 384–322 bc ), who discussed a division of mental functions in De Anima ; it formed the basis of the pseudoscience of phrenology , and in more recent times it has been chiefly associated with the writings of the US philosopher Jerry Alan Fodor ( 1935–2017 ), especially his book The Modularity of Mind ( 1983...

Philosophy of Language

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International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (2 ed.)

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2003
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Linguistics
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...MIT Press. Dummett, Michael . 1975. What is a theory of meaning? In Mind and language , edited by S. Guttenplan , pp. 67–138. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Fodor, Jerry A. 1981. Some notes on what linguistics is about. In Readings in the philosophy of psychology , vol. 2, edited by N. Block . Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. Fodor, Jerry A. 1983. The modularity of mind . Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. Fodor, Jerry A. , and Z. W. Pylyshyn . 1988. Connectionism and cognitive architecture: A critical analysis . Cognition 28.3–71. Hornstein, Norbert , and David...

mind, history of the philosophy of

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The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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2005
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Philosophy
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...; consciousness, its irreducibility ; mental events ; mental states ; identity theory ; eliminativism ; functionalism . Patricia Smith Churchland , Neurophilosophy (Cambridge, Mass., 1986). Owen Flanagan , The Science of the Mind , 2nd edn. (Cambridge, Mass., 1991). Jerry Fodor , ‘Special Sciences’, in Representations: Philosophical Essays on the Foundations of Cognitive Science (Cambridge, Mass., 1981). Howard Gardner , The Mind's New Science: A History of the Cognitive Revolution (New York, 1985). John Heil and Alfred Mele (eds.), Mental...

Semantics

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International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (2 ed.)

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2003
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Linguistics
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...Mass.: MIT Press. Katz, Jerrold J. 1972. Semantic theory . New York: Harper and Row. Katz, Jerrold J. 1977. Propositional structure and illocutionary force: A study of the contribution of sentence meaning to speech acts . New York: Crowell. Katz, Jerrold J. , and Jerry Fodor . 1963. Structure of a semantic theory . Language 39.170–210. Lakoff, George . 1987. Women, fire, and dangerous things: What categories reveal about the mind . Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Leech, Geoffrey . 1981. Semantics: The study of meaning . Harmondsworth,...

Formalist Interpretation

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Edwin K. Broadhead

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation

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2014
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Religion
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...activity of the human mind in articulating meaning. Noam Chomsky followed this trajectory toward a generative grammar—the grammar that lies behind a language and serves as the generative base for all grammatical expressions of that language. A few scholars ( Jerrold Katz , Jerry Fodor , Tuen van Dijk ) attempted to extend Chomsky’s work directly into the field of literature. Thus, clear lines of influence can be seen from the structural linguistics of Saussure through the Formalists to the New Critics to modern narrative criticism. Formalism as an Approach...

History of Linguistics

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International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (2 ed.)

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2003
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Linguistics
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...Foris. Chomsky, Noam . 1995. The Minimalist Program . Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. Chomsky, Noam , and Morris Halle . 1968. The sound pattern of English . New York: Harper and Row. Fodor, Janet Dean . 1977. Semantics: Theories of meaning in generative grammar . New York: Crowell. Horrocks, Geoffrey . 1987. Generative grammar . London: Longman. Katz, Jerrold , and Jerry Fodor . 1963. The structure of a semantic theory . Language 39.170–210. Newmeyer, Frederick J. 1986. Linguistic theory in America . 2d ed. Orlando, Fla.: Academic Press. Newmeyer,...

Linguistics and Literature

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International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2003
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Linguistics
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28,004 words

...been leading toward a general stylistics of syntax as an iconic form (see Austin 1984 , Jakobson 1987 ). From a historical perspective, however, the most significant advances in syntactic stylistics have come from new semantically based descriptions of syntax: the Chomsky-Katz-Fodor theory of selectional restrictions; Fillmore's Case Grammar; and Halliday's Systemic-Functional Grammar, with its roots in Prague School functionalism. In these theories, diverse structures—lexical, phrasal, and clausal—are related systematically to common functions/uses/meanings:...

European American music

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Philip V. Bohlman, Stephen Erdely, Leon Janikian, Christina Jaremko, Ain Haas, Chris Goertzen, D.K. Wilgus, Mark Levy, Philip V. Bohlman, Robert C. Metil, Jesse A. Johnston, Julien Olivier, Stephen D. Winick, Bill C. Malone, Barry Jean Ancelet, Stephen d. Winick, Philip V. Bohlman, Michael G. Kaloyanides, Stephen Erdely, Lynn M. Hooker, Mick Moloney, Stephen D. Winick, Marcello Sorce Keller, Janice E. Kleeman, Timothy J. Cooley, Katherine Brucher, Carol Silverman, Kenneth A. Thigpen, Margaret H. Beissinger, Margarita Mazo, Chris Goertzen, Mark Forry, Janet Sturman, Philip V. Bohlman, Marcello Sorce Keller, Robert B. Klymasz, and Denis Hlynka

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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...ethnic sensitivity to Old World tunes. George Radu was one of the most popular Romanian musicians among Romanian Americans before World War II, recording such favorites as Doină din America (with Nicu Hanzi's Orchestra) and Doină din Selişte (“Lament from Selişte,” with Alex Fodor's Orchestra). Also at this time a number of professional musicians from Romania visited the United States and stayed, carving out significant careers as promoters of Romanian traditional dance and music (e.g., the Ionescu-Ardeal couple) and instrumentalists (e.g., Iancu Cârlig, a...

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