INFORMATION AND SUSTAINING MECHANISMS IN FODOR'S THEORY OF CONTENT

Bernardo Aguilera
2016 Universum  
According to Fodor's informational approach, mental symbols have content by virtue of standing in certain nomic relations with their referents. These relations are sustained by computational mechanisms which enable the causal route linking mental symbols with the world. Fodor claims, however, that specifying the structure of those sustaining mechanisms is irrelevant for a theory of content. This paper argues that, on the contrary, without an account of the computational constraints under which
more » ... raints under which those mechanisms operate, Fodor's theory is at best incomplete, and incapable of explaining what makes us the only known computing machine capable of bearing mental symbols so far. Keywords: Informational approach to content, computational theory of mind, mental symbols, reference, asymmetric dependence theory.
doi:10.4067/s0718-23762016000200002 fatcat:zar52qiq2nhr7kemmt53ovn434