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Massive Modularity, Content Integration, and Language
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 78, No. 5 (December 2011), pp. 800-812
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/662259
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One of the obstacles facing massive modularity is how a pervasively modular mind might generate non-domain-specific thoughts by integrating the content produced by various domain-specific modules. Peter Carruthers has recently argued that the operations of the language faculty are constitutive of the process by which the human mind is able to integrate content from heterogeneous conceptual domains. In this article, I first argue that Carruthers’s data do not provide support for either of two possible interpretations of his thesis. In addition, I provide empirical and theoretical reasons for thinking content integration is performed external to the language faculty.
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