- Paperback: 145 pages
- Publisher: A Bradford Book / MIT Press (April 6, 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262560259
- ISBN-13: 978-0262560252
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Modularity of Mind: An Essay on Faculty Psychology
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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 A. Fodor is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University and at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author of Modularity of Mind and RePresentations: Philosophical Essays on the Foundations of Cognitive Science.
Top customer reviews
It’s only 145 pages but it’s unlikely anyone not an academic knowledgeable in the field (psychology and neurobiology of behavior) will every read it completely.
There were two reasons for my completion of this book — it was quite good and for the shear challenge of doing so.
Despite having an extremely large vocabulary, having study psychology for my degree (later in psychology), and a long time interest in the subject it was necessary to look up words in almost every sentence.
Since I read it before the Internet was available and personal computing devices were ubiquitous this required a tremendous effort and extreme perseverance.
I would also agree with **Rolf Dobelli’s 3-star review:**
Joke aside, a good book to get acquainted with if you're interested in different theories in cognitive science.