<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Language of Thought (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20164.htm">Thesis - Language of Thought</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/T/Author_Todman (Theo).htm">Todman (Theo)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: </th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20164.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1011.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><ul type="disc"><li>This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note '<a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1011.htm">Leibniz</A><SUP>1</SUP>' during my Thesis research, as from 2011. </li><li>For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above. </li></ul><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><hr><br><B><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P20164_2">Write-up</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P20164_2"></A></u> (as at 06/03/2018 21:21:36): Language of Thought</B><BR><br><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P20164_3">Plug Note</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P20164_3"></A></u><ul type="disc"><li><a name="32"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/F/Author_Fodor (Jerry).htm">Jerry Fodor</A> s Language of Thought (LOT) hypothesis features heavily in debates in the philosophy of mind  particularly in the debates between connectionists and computationalists. </li><li>See <a name="13"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20163.htm">Aydede (Murat) - The Language of Thought Hypothesis</A>" for an overview. </li><li>My interest in it within the sphere of personal identity arises because of the alleged essentiality of language for personhood (see <a name="14"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_00/Abstract_545.htm">Dennett (Daniel) - Conditions of Personhood</A>"). As such, all non-human <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_30.htm">animals</A><SUP>4</SUP> are ruled out  because even if certain Great Apes can be taught sign-language, this is not natural to them in the way language is to human beings, and it implies that an individual can be taught to be a <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_9.htm">person</A><SUP>5</SUP>. </li><li>It is also often alleged (eg. by <a name="33"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/D/Author_Davidson (Donald).htm">Donald Davidson</A>) that animals cannot even think in the absence of language, because thinking requires <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_23.htm">concepts</A><SUP>6</SUP>, and concepts are only expressed in language.</li><li>These (to me) unwanted conclusions might disappear if all animals whose minds appear to have intensional states should have a language of thought. </li><li>I don t know whether Fodor cares about animals in this context, or whether his theory was designed strictly with <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_74.htm">human beings</A><SUP>7</SUP> in mind. </li><li>I like the idea that a LOT  which initially only helps an individual  might explain how spoken language arose amongst human beings  given that a spoken language requires a pair of speakers before it becomes useful (even if grunts and other vocalisations don t). If a language of thought spilled out into vocalisation, even though individual vocalisations might be initially mutually-unintelligible, a conventional speech (constrained only by universal grammar) might naturally arise with the co-operative behaviour germane to social animals. </li><li>Works on this topic that <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P20164_8">I ve actually read</A></U><SUB>8</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P20164_8"></A>, <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P20164_9">include</A></U><SUB>9</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P20164_9"></A> the following:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="34"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_93.htm">Fodor (Jerry) - Psychosemantics</A>", <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P20164_10">Fodor</A></U><SUB>10</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P20164_10"></A></li></ol></li><li>A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="15"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20163.htm">Aydede (Murat) - The Language of Thought Hypothesis</A>", Aydede</li><li><a name="35"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_184.htm">Carruthers (Peter) & Boucher (Jill) - Language and Thought</A>", Carruthers & Boucher</li><li><a name="16"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_13/Abstract_13151.htm">Chomsky (Noam) - Biolinguistic Explorations: Design, Development, Evolution</A>", Chomsky</li><li><a name="17"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7701.htm">Davies (Martin) - Concepts, Connectionism, and the Language of Thought</A>", Davies</li><li><a name="18"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_08/Abstract_8301.htm">DeWitt (Richard) - Vagueness, Semantics, and the Language of Thought (Review of Jerry Fodor, George Miller, & D. Terence Langendoen - Language of Thought )</A>", DeWitt</li><li><a name="36"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_96.htm">Fodor (Jerry) - The Language of Thought</A>", Fodor</li><li><a name="19"></a>"<A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperSummary_7978.htm">Horgan (Terence) & Tienson (John) - Why There Still Has to be a Language of Thought, and What That Means</A>", Horgan & Tienson</li><li><a name="20"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4755.htm">Kaye (Larry) - The Language of Thought</A>", Kaye, and<BR>&rarr; <a name="21"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4756.htm">Kaye (Larry) - The Language of Thought - Annotated Bibliography</A>"</li><li><a name="22"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5367.htm">Laurence (Stephen) & Margolis (Eric) - Regress Arguments Against the Language of Thought</A>", Laurence & Margolis</li><li><a name="23"></a>"<A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_09/PaperSummary_9465.htm">Lycan (William) - The 'Language of Thought' Hypothesis - Introduction</A>", Lycan</li><li><a name="24"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4957.htm">Pollock (John L.) - The Language of Thought</A>", Pollock</li><li><a name="25"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20280.htm">Pollock (John L.) - Understanding the Language of Thought</A>", Pollock</li><li><a name="26"></a>"<A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperSummary_5956.htm">Rey (Georges) - Sensations in a Language of Thought</A>", Rey</li><li><a name="27"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5345.htm">Rowlands (Mark) - Connectionism and the Language of Thought</A>", Rowlands</li><li><a name="28"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_19/Abstract_19162.htm">Smolensky (Paul) - Connectionism, Constituency and the Language of Thought</A>", Smolensky</li><li><a name="29"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5763.htm">Viger (Christopher) - Learning to Think: A Response to the Language of Thought Argument for Innateness</A>", Viger</li></ol></li><li>A few connections to be followed up:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="30"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7312.htm">Baker (Lynne Rudder) - When Do Persons Begin and End?</A>", Baker</li><li><a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_8/Notes_836.htm">Baker - The Human Animal: Big-Tent Metaphysics</A><SUP>11</SUP></li><li><a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_766.htm">Brandom - Toward a Normative Pragmatics (Introduction)</A><SUP>12</SUP></li><li><a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_115.htm">Daniel Dennett  Conditions of Personhood</A><SUP>13</SUP></li><li><a name="9"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_731.htm">Implicit knowledge and language learning</A><SUP>14</SUP></li><li><a name="10"></a><A HREF="../../Secure_Jen/Notes_7/Notes_732.htm">Jen_071022 (Dennett)</A><SUP>15</SUP></li><li><a name="11"></a><A HREF="../../Secure_Jen/Notes_7/Notes_793.htm">Jen_080204 (Brandom, Chisholm, Baillie)</A><SUP>16</SUP> </li></ol></li><li>This is mostly a <a name="12"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_737.htm">place-holder</A><SUP>17</SUP>. </li></ul><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P20164_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P20164_2"><B>Footnote 2</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (06/03/2018 21:21:36). </li><li><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1011.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A>. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P20164_3"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P20164_3"><B>Footnote 3</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>A number of my philosophical Notes are  promissory notes currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned. </li><li>I ve decided to add some text  whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive  for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.</li><li>As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance. </li><li>The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P20164_8"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P20164_8"><B>Footnote 8</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>Frequently I ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note. </li><li>In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time. </li><li>In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course. </li><li>My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P20164_9"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P20164_9"><B>Footnote 9</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>I may have read others in between updates of this Note  in which case they will be marked as such in the  References and Reading List below.</li><li>Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected. </li></ul> <a name="On-Page_Link_P20164_10"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P20164_10"><B>Footnote 10</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>Especially <a name="31"></a>"<A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_00/PaperSummary_699.htm">Fodor (Jerry) - Why There Still Has to be a Language of Thought</A>". </li></ul> <FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-13T13:21" pubdate>13/08/2018 13:21:00</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>