This classic in cognitive science has a great deal to say, but an awkward way of saying it. Author Jerry A. Fodor’s style is academic and dense, a potential barrier to all but the most determined, well-prepared reader. Arcane and brilliant, Fodor intersperses colloquial jests with jargon-burdened exposition, leading one to believe that he could have written a book more accessible to the lay reader had he wished to do so. getAbstract.com finds, however, that the book repays the persistent, dedicated reader. The reward is a fascinating exploration of the mind, drawing on the literature of epistemology and psychology, with occasional detours down the rarely explored byways of phrenology.
In this summary, you will learn
- The difference between horizontal and vertical mental structures;
- How experts explain the theory of "cognitive modularity;" and
- Why cognitive science has made relatively little progress in studying nonmodular systems.
About the Author
Jerry A. Fodor is a philosopher who has written numerous books about the philosophy of mind and cognitive science.