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Language of Thought Hypothesis: State of the Art

Aydede, Murat (1998) Language of Thought Hypothesis: State of the Art. [Preprint] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The Language of Thought Hypothesis (LOTH) is an empirical thesis about thought and thinking. For their explication, it postulates a physically realized system of representations that have a combinatorial syntax (and semantics) such that operations on representations are causally sensitive only to the syntactic properties of representations. According to LOTH, thought is, roughly, the tokening of a representation that has a syntactic (constituent) structure with an appropriate semantics. Thinking thus consists in syntactic operations defined over representations. Most of the arguments for LOTH derive their strength from their ability to explain certain empirical phenomena like productivity, systematicity of thought and thinking.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:Thinking, computation, syntax, language of thought, representation, naturalism, intentionality, connectionism, systematiciy, productivity, folk psychology, nativism
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
Philosophy > Philosophy of Language
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy > Philosophy of Science
ID Code:353
Deposited By:Aydede, Asoc Prof Murat
Deposited On:14 Jul 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53

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