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Published by Brent Silby
Powerpoint used in Language of Thought course
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Published by: Brent Silby on Sep 10, 2010
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Natural Language
as Language of Thought
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BRENT SILBY
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Evidence for Natural Language as Language of Thought
The nature of thought requires language
Remember in the first week we talked about our thoughts as
beingproductive andsystem atic
Systematic means that if I can understand the sentence
a loves b
then I’ll be able to understand
b loves a
Evidence for Natural Language as Language of Thought
Fodor thinks this requiresmentalese because language is
required to form productive, systematic thoughts
Yes, language is required, but it is not mentalese.
Why?
Because our thoughts only become productive and systematic
after we acquire a natural language
If Fodor was right, we would see productive, systematic
thoughts in non-linguistic humans and animals

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