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Fodor's Guide to the Humean Mind

Demeter, Tamás (2021) Fodor's Guide to the Humean Mind. [Preprint]

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For Jerry Fodor, Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature is “the foundational document of cognitive science” whose significance transcends mere historical interest: it is a source of theoretical inspiration in cognitive psychology. Here I am going to argue that those reading Hume along Fodor’s lines rely on a problematic, albeit inspiring, construction of Hume’s science of mind. My strategy in this paper is to contrast Fodor’s understanding of the Humean mind (consonant with the widely received view of Hume in both cognitive science and much of Hume scholarship) with an alternative understanding that I propose. I thereby intend to show that the received view of Hume’s science of mind can be fruitfully revised while critically engaging with Fodor’s contemporary appropriation. Consequently, I use this occasion to put forward a rather unorthodox interpretation of Hume’s theory in dialogue with Fodor as my guide.


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Demeter, Tamástsd2333@gmail.com0000-0001-9202-5456
Keywords: David Hume, Jerry Fodor, association, faculty psychology, constructive empiricism, Newtonianism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr Tamas Demeter
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2021 03:19
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2021 03:19
Item ID: 18588
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 10 January 2021
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18588

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