Back to the Fodor-modules: The Modularity of Mind Revisited

Guillaume BeaulacUniversity of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Abstract

I revisit Fodor’s (1983) notion of “module” and defend it against views weakening the criteria to consider a process modular. Many approaches to modularity (e.g., Barrett & Kurzban’s, Carruthers’, Cosmides & Tooby’s, and others) are unsatisfying because the notion put forward is uninformative. I will explain why we should understand Fodor’s notion of module as identifying a homeostatic property cluster (cf. Boyd, 1991). This account should be integrated within a broader view of cognition.

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