The issue Fodor writes about is central to the psychology of perception, cognition, and action. It is the central issue for anyone who would seriously study the neurobiology of behavior: Is the mind organized horizontally or vertically or both, and what are the consequences to psychology of proceeding on one assumption or the other? This has been little analyzed and written about. Jerry Fodor has repaired that omission and had done it brilliantly.
, Yale University, President, Haskins Laboratories)
Jerry Fodor's Modularity of Mind is a beginning... [It] is the first major monograph in this century to explore some variations on faculty psychology [and] is the best thing Fodor has done since The Language of Thought, mainly because it takes such a wide sweep and yet manages to concentrate all the arguments upon the central issue in both neuropsychology and information-processing psychology.
(John C. Marshall
, The Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford)
About the Author
Jerry Fodor is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. His many books include In Critical Condition
(MIT Press, 1998) and The Elm and the Expert
(MIT Press, 1994).