Tuesday, 19 September 2000

From "The Mind Doesn't Work That Way"

By Jerry Fodor.

Here's a provisional merger between rationalist psychology and Turing's account of computation, of which the following are the main principles:

The Computational Theory of Mind (=a rationalist psychology implemented by syntactic processes)
i.Thoughts have their causal roles in virtue of, inter alia, their logical form.
ii. The logical form of a thought supervenes on the syntactic form of the corresponding mental representation.
iii. Mental processes (including, paradigmatically, thinking) are computations, that is, they are operations defined on the syntax of mental representations, and they are reliably truth preserving in indefinitely many cases. 

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