The Modularity of Mind: An Essay on Faculty Psychology
Fodor (Jerry)
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Back Cover Blurb

  1. This monograph synthesizes current information from the various fields of cognitive science in support of a new and exciting theory of mind.
  2. Most psychologists study horizontal processes like memory. Fodor postulates a vertical and modular psychological organization underlying biologically coherent behaviors. This view of mental architecture is consistent with the historical tradition of faculty psychology while integrating a computational approach to mental processes.
  3. One of the most notable aspects of Fodor's work is that it articulates features not only of speculative cognitive architectures but also of current research in artificial intelligence.

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Bradford Books, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1996

"Fodor (Jerry) - Four Accounts of Mental Structure"

Source: Fodor - The Modularity of Mind, 1983, Chapter 1
Write-up Note1

  1. Neo-Cartesianism: The Structure of the Mind viewed as the Structure of Knowledge
  2. Mental Structure as Functional Architecture: Horizontal Faculties
  3. Mental Structure as Functional Architecture: Vertical Faculties
  4. Associationism (and: ‘Whatever became of Faculty Psychology’?)
    • 4.1 Traditional Associationism
    • 4.2 Computational Associationism
  5. Summary


"Fodor (Jerry) - A Functional Taxonomy of Cognitive Mechanisms"

Source: Fodor - The Modularity of Mind, 1983, Chapter 2
Write-up Note1


"Fodor (Jerry) - Input Systems as Modules"

Source: Fodor - The Modularity of Mind, 1983, Chapter 3
Write-up Note1

  1. Input Systems are Domain Specific
  2. The Operation of Input Systems is Mandatory
  3. Limited Central Access to the Mental Representations that Input Systems Compute
  4. Input Systems are Fast
  5. Input Systems are Informationally Encapsulated
  6. Input Analyzers have Shallow Outputs
  7. Input Systems are Associated with Fixed Neural Architectures
  8. Input Systems Exhibit Characteristic and Specific Breakdown Patterns
  9. The Ontogeny of Input Systems Exhibits a Characteristic Pace and Sequencing


"Fodor (Jerry) - Central Systems"

Source: Fodor - The Modularity of Mind, 1983, Chapter 4
Write-up Note1

  1. Why Central Systems are Unencapsulated and Non-Modular
  2. Analogy with scientific reasoning
  3. The Frame Problem
  4. Summary


"Fodor (Jerry) - Caveats and Conclusions"

Source: Fodor - The Modularity of Mind, 1983, Chapter 5
Write-up Note1

  1. Epistemic Boundenness
  2. The Prospects for Cognitive Science if the Modularity Thesis is True


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