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Carving the Mind at Its (Not Necessarily Modular) Joints

Jack C. Lyons
The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Vol. 52, No. 2 (Jun., 2001), pp. 277-302
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3541897
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Abstract

The cognitive neuropsychological understanding of a cognitive system is roughly that of a 'mental organ', which is independent of other systems, specializes in some cognitive task, and exhibits a certain kind of internal cohesiveness. This is all quite vague, and I try to make it more precise. A more precise understanding of cognitive systems will make it possible to articulate in some detail an alternative to the Fodorian doctrine of modularity (since not all cognitive systems are modules), but it will also provide a better understanding of what a module is (since all modules are cognitive systems).

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