<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>The Modularity of Mind: An Essay on Faculty Psychology (Fodor (Jerry)) - Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</title> <link href="../../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../../TT_ICO.png" /> </head> <a name="Top"></a> <BODY> <div id="header"> <HR><H1>Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</H1></div> <hr><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><tr><td colspan =3><A HREF = "../BookSummary_519.htm">The Modularity of Mind: An Essay on Faculty Psychology</A></td></tr><tr><td colspan =3><A HREF = "../../../Authors/F/Author_Fodor (Jerry).htm">Fodor (Jerry)</a></td></tr><tr><td colspan =3>This Page provides (where held) the <b>Abstract</b> of the above <b>Book</b> and those of all the <b>Papers</b> contained in it.</td></tr><tr><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td><td><A HREF = "../BookCitings_519.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Book</A></td><td><A HREF = "../BooksToNotes_519.htm">Notes Citing this Book</A></td></tr></tr></TABLE></CENTER><hr> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>BOOK ABSTRACT: </B><BR><BR><u>Back Cover Blurb</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>This monograph synthesizes current information from the various fields of cognitive science in support of a new and exciting theory of mind. </li><li>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. </li><li>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. </li></ol></FONT><BR>Follow <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1197.htm">this link</A><SUP>1</SUP> for a write-up Note.<FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><B>BOOK COMMENT: </B><BR><BR>Bradford Books, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1996</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6876.htm">Fodor (Jerry) - Four Accounts of Mental Structure</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Fodor - The Modularity of Mind, 1983, Chapter 1<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Write-up <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1117.htm">Note</A><SUP>1</SUP><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Neo-Cartesianism: The Structure of the Mind viewed as the Structure of Knowledge</li><li>Mental Structure as Functional Architecture: Horizontal Faculties</li><li>Mental Structure as Functional Architecture: Vertical Faculties</li><li>Associationism (and:  Whatever became of Faculty Psychology ?) <ul type="disc"><li>4.1 Traditional Associationism</li><li>4.2 Computational Associationism </li></ul></li><li>Summary </li></ol></FONT><BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B><ul type="disc"><li>For a prcis and analysis (currently of the whole book), see this <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1117.htm">Note</A><SUP>2</SUP>,</li><li>Printout of my analysis filed in "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1200.htm">Various - Papers on Philosophy of Psychology Boxes: Vol 1 (Coursework & A-F)</A>". </li></ul></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6877.htm">Fodor (Jerry) - A Functional Taxonomy of Cognitive Mechanisms</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Fodor - The Modularity of Mind, 1983, Chapter 2<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Write-up <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1114.htm">Note</A><SUP>1</SUP><BR><BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B><ul type="disc"><li>For a prcis and analysis (currently of the whole book), see this <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1114.htm">Note</A><SUP>2</SUP>,</li><li>Printout of my analysis filed in "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1200.htm">Various - Papers on Philosophy of Psychology Boxes: Vol 1 (Coursework & A-F)</A>". </li></ul></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6878.htm">Fodor (Jerry) - Input Systems as Modules</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Fodor - The Modularity of Mind, 1983, Chapter 3<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Write-up <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1118.htm">Note</A><SUP>1</SUP><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Input Systems are Domain Specific</li><li>The Operation of Input Systems is Mandatory</li><li>Limited Central Access to the Mental Representations that Input Systems Compute</li><li>Input Systems are Fast</li><li>Input Systems are Informationally Encapsulated</li><li>Input Analyzers have Shallow Outputs</li><li>Input Systems are Associated with Fixed Neural Architectures</li><li>Input Systems Exhibit Characteristic and Specific Breakdown Patterns</li><li>The Ontogeny of Input Systems Exhibits a Characteristic Pace and Sequencing </li></ol></FONT><BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B><ul type="disc"><li>For a prcis and analysis (currently of the whole book), see this <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1118.htm">Note</A><SUP>2</SUP>,</li><li>Printout of my analysis filed in "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1200.htm">Various - Papers on Philosophy of Psychology Boxes: Vol 1 (Coursework & A-F)</A>". </li></ul></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6879.htm">Fodor (Jerry) - Central Systems</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Fodor - The Modularity of Mind, 1983, Chapter 4<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Write-up <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1116.htm">Note</A><SUP>1</SUP><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Why Central Systems are Unencapsulated and Non-Modular</li><li>Analogy with scientific reasoning</li><li>The Frame Problem</li><li>Summary </li></ol></FONT><BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B><ul type="disc"><li>For a prcis and analysis (currently of the whole book), see this <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1116.htm">Note</A><SUP>2</SUP>,</li><li>Printout of my analysis filed in "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1200.htm">Various - Papers on Philosophy of Psychology Boxes: Vol 1 (Coursework & A-F)</A>". </li></ul></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6880.htm">Fodor (Jerry) - Caveats and Conclusions</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Fodor - The Modularity of Mind, 1983, Chapter 5<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Write-up <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1115.htm">Note</A><SUP>1</SUP><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Epistemic Boundenness</li><li>The Prospects for Cognitive Science if the Modularity Thesis is True</li></ol></FONT><BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B><ul type="disc"><li>For a prcis and analysis (currently of the whole book), see this <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1115.htm">Note</A><SUP>2</SUP>,</li><li>Printout of my analysis filed in "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1200.htm">Various - Papers on Philosophy of Psychology Boxes: Vol 1 (Coursework & A-F)</A>". </li></ul></P> <a name="ColourConventions"></a><hr><br><B><U>Text Colour Conventions</U> (see <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</B><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> </center> <BR><HR><BR><center> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - 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