Aunty’s Own Argument for the Language of Thought

  • Martin Davies
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 52)


Fodor has launched many arguments in Aunty’s direction since The Language of Thought (1975), and the assault has not ceased. Even since Psychosemantics (1987a), there has been Fodor and Pylyshyn’s (1988) attack on connectionism and its followers, amongst whom they number—qua “NewConnectionist Groupie” (Fodor 1987a,p. 139)—Aunty.


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  • Martin Davies
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  1. 1.Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonEngland

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