Fodor’s Computational Theory of the Mind
Explain Fodor’s computational theory of the mind, and explain how he argues for it. Explain how Searle argues against Fodor’s theory.
Explain the phenomenon of “failure of substitutivity” (also known as “opacity”), and explain why this phenomenon poses a challenge for a theory of thoughts. Explain the alternative ways in which Fodor, Dretske, and the “fusion story” explain the failure of substitutivity. Choose one of these views and argue for its superiority over the others. Compare and contrast the views of Churchland, Dennett, and Fodor on the nature of folk psychology, its relation to neuroscience, and whether or not it is true. Choose one of these views and argue for its superiority over the others.