Jerry A. Fodor and Xenon W. Pylyshyn: Minds Without Meanings: An Essay in the Content of Concepts
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Written with verve and style, Minds without Meanings is a defence and elaboration of a “galaxy of related theses” in cognitive science that apparently no one believes except for Fodor and Pylyshyn.
Tokens of beliefs, desires and the like are tokens of relations between minds and mental representations;
Mental representations are language-like (discursive);
Reference is the only semantic property of mental or linguistic representations;
There are no such things as word meanings or conceptual contents.
The bulk of the first chapter “Working Assumptions” describes the tenets they base their...