Login | Register

Restructuring Fodor's concepts


Restructuring Fodor's concepts

Ion, Octavian (2005) Restructuring Fodor's concepts. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

[thumbnail of MR10175.pdf]
Text (application/pdf)
MR10175.pdf - Accepted Version


This thesis critically examines Jerry Fodor's account of concepts as outlined in his 1998 book, Concepts: Where Cognitive Science Went Wrong. According to this account, concepts are ordered pairs consisting of mental representations and contents. The relationship between the content of a concept and the mental representation is law-like and functions as follows: The content of the concept is whatever causes its mental representation to be tokened. The issue that I examine is Fodor's claim that it is objects which are picked out by our concepts. I argue that this point of view only arises because he conflates the notion of an object with the notion of its property. Given the mechanisms of perception which underwrite the functioning of our concepts, it is actually properties and not objects that cause our mental representations to be tokened, and therefore Fodor's concepts need to be restructured. I put forward a proposal for how this might be achieved, which requires that properties be added to the structure of concepts. In the rest of the thesis I examine how Fodor deals with two problematic cases from philosophy of language, namely the Frege cases and the Twin-Earth cases. I argue that the proposed account I set forth can provide more efficient solutions for handling the cases than Fodor's original account.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Philosophy
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Ion, Octavian
Pagination:vi, 63 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Thesis Supervisor(s):Clarke, Murray
Identification Number:LE 3 C66P45M 2005 I56
ID Code:8459
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 18:26
Last Modified:13 Jul 2020 20:04
Related URLs:
All items in Spectrum are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved. The use of items is governed by Spectrum's terms of access.

Repository Staff Only: item control page

Downloads per month over past year

Research related to the current document (at the CORE website)
- Research related to the current document (at the CORE website)
Back to top Back to top