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Hume Variations

Jerry A. Fodor


This book looks to David Hume for help in advancing our understanding of the mind. The book claims his Treatise of Human Nature as the foundational document of cognitive science: it launched the project of constructing an empirical psychology on the basis of a representational theory of mind. Going back to this work after more than 250 years we find that Hume is remarkably perceptive about the components and structure that a theory of mind requires. Careful study of the Treatise helps us to see what's amiss with much 20th-century philosophy of mind, and to get on the right track. Hume says in ... More

Keywords: David Hume, mind, cognitive science, theory of mind, Treatise, theory of ideas, simple, complex, association, imagination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199287338
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287338.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jerry A. Fodor, author
Rutgers University, New Jersey
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