Fodor’s guide to the Humean mind

Demeter, Tamás ORCID: (2021) Fodor’s guide to the Humean mind. Synthese . DOI

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For Jerry Fodor, Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature is “the foundational document of cognitive science” whose signifcance 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.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:David hume, Jerry Fodor, cognitive science, association, faculty psychology, empiricism, newtonianism
ID Code:6879
Deposited By: Veronika Vitéz
Deposited On:30 Sep 2021 13:49
Last Modified:30 Sep 2021 13:51

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