The computational and the representational language of thought hypotheses

Behavioral and Brain Sciences (forthcoming)
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Abstract: There are two versions of the language of thought hypothesis (LOT): representational LOT (roughly, structured representation), introduced by Ockham, and computational LOT (roughly, symbolic computation) introduced by Fodor. Like many others, I oppose the latter but not the former. Quilty-Dunn, Porot, and Mandelbaum defend representational LOT, but they do not defend the strong computational LOT thesis central to the classical-connectionist debate.

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David Chalmers
New York University


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