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The Language of Thought

The Language of Thought

Jerry A. Fodor

ISBN 9780674510302

Publication date: 01/22/1980

In a compelling defense of the speculative approach to the philosophy of mind, Jerry Fodor argues that, while our best current theories of cognitive psychology view many higher processes as computational, computation itself presupposes an internal medium of representation. Fodor’s prime concerns are to buttress the notion of internal representation from a philosophical viewpoint, and to determine those characteristics of this conceptual construct using the empirical data available from linguistics and cognitive psychology.


  • One of the best books published in the last ten years.

    —Journal of Linguistics

Book Details

  • 214 pages
  • Harvard University Press