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The Language of Thought


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A must-read for proponents and opponents of the language of thought alike. -- John Heil, Professor of Philosophy, Monash University, and Professor of Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, Washington University in St Louis Susan Schneider has written a beautifully clear and highly original reappraisal of the language of thought hypothesis, reworking it from its very roots and bringing it into harmony with the latest developments in cognitive and computational neuroscience. Her fine book makes essential reading for philosophers of mind and cognitive scientists alike. -- E.J. Lowe, Durham University Susan Schneider's The Language of Thought: A New Philosophical Direction does precisely what its title claims: it provides a new orientation for the language of thought and the related computational theory of mind. Schneider bravely stakes out new theoretical commitments for LOT, such as a pragmatist theory of concepts and a theory of symbols. Whether you agree or disagree with the LOT approach -- I myself am a critic -- Schneider's book is an absolutely necessary read for anyone interested in philosophy of mind and the foundations of cognitive science. -- Mark Bickhard, Henry R. Luce Professor in Cognitive Robotics and the Philosophy of Knowledge, Lehigh University

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Susan Schneider is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut.


[Schneider's] book is good proof of the health of contemporary philosophy of mind....To get rid of old stigmas and to raise issues with certain positions is a necessary step. Schneider has provided this first step in her book, showing LOT as a viable response when she focuses it towards computational and cognitive neuroscience for its naturalism to succeed.


Schneider's very much in the spirit (and even the style) of what Fodor has said at one point or another. [She] chides philosophers (I suspect she is looking hardest at Fodor and friends) for not following the state of the art in neuroscience and for building theories that fail to reflect findings there. She endorses the ''global workplace'' theory of central cognition developed by Baars and, later, Dehaene.

-Minds and Machines


This book will undoubtedly set the agenda for future work on LOT....The quality of scholarship and writing is high throughout. Unusually for a philosophy monograph, it is also fun to read.



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