, Volume 80, Issue 2, pp 467–476 | Cite as

When Fodor Met Frege

Critical Discussion


In the third chapter of LOT 2—"LOT Meets Frege's Problem (Among Others)"—Jerry Fodor argues that LOT (the language-of-thought hypothesis) provides a solution to "Frege's Problem," as well as to Kripke's Paderewski puzzle (Fodor, LOT 2: The language of thought revisited. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2008). I argue that most of what Fodor says in his discussion of Frege's problem is mistaken.


Fodor Frege Kripke Paderewski Belief Propositional attitudes Language of thought Substitution failure Pragmatics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael

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