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fodor’s granny: against darwinism and evolutionary psychology

Jerry Fodor, always a delight to read, addresses why’s he’s against darwinism and evolutionary psychology (pdf).  Even “Granny” makes a re-appearance. (Here’s a great opening paragraph, jstor gated — “Granny and I think that things have gone too far…” More on Fodor’s Granny here, by Daniel Dennett.)

Written by teppo

July 16, 2009 at 6:04 pm

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  1. Very Cool! I can’t stop reading this stuff….I almost went to grad school in philosophy to study with Fodor….

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    sherkat

    July 17, 2009 at 2:31 pm

  2. Good stuff, agreed. I enjoy the analytical specificity with which subjects get wrestled with in philosophy.

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    tf

    July 17, 2009 at 5:24 pm

  3. As always, be sure to read Daniel Dennett’s rebuttal as well…

    Click to access fodorondarwinism3b.pdf

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    Henrik Berglund

    July 18, 2009 at 8:12 pm

  4. Fodor seems to be attacking all theorizing based on natural selection, not just evolutionary psychology. He seems to do a better job of making philosophy seem detached and clueless about scientific issues than he does of his critique.

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    Thorstein Veblen

    July 20, 2009 at 3:20 am

  5. I’m sorry, you don’t speak my language. I am totally unable to tell whether you are deeply immersed in the vocabulary of a complex subfield (philosophy, it looks like) or just an idiot with nothing to say. Anyway, I hope you write this up in plainer language sometime and I get to read it.

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    Noumenon

    July 30, 2009 at 12:51 pm

  6. […] that it identifies ADHD cases associated with greater life problems. Addendum: Jerry Fodor has a recent paper challenging common applications of evolutionary psychology; Razib defends Darwin. VN:F […]

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  7. Er, that comment was directed at Fodor, not this blog (don’t know why the link didn’t go straight to the PDF then). Anyway I like Daniel Dennett’s takedown much better because he reassures me that Fodor didn’t have anything to say and that’s why I couldn’t understand it.

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    Noumenon

    July 30, 2009 at 3:35 pm

  8. Noumenon,

    You sound like an absolute fool.

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    John

    July 30, 2009 at 7:50 pm

  9. […] Jerry Fodor has a recent paper challenging common applications of evolutionary psychology; Razib defends […]

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  10. […] Jerry Fodor has a recent paper challenging common applications of evolutionary psychology; Razib defends […]

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