Fodorian semantics, pathologies, and "Block's Problem"

Fred Adams, Kenneth Aizawa

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In two recent books, Jerry Fodor has developed a set of sufficient conditions for an object "X" to non-naturally and non-derivatively mean X. In an earlier paper we presented three reasons for thinking Fodor's theory to be inadequate. One of these problems we have dubbed the "Pathologies Problem". In response to queries concerning the relationship between the Pathologies Problem and what Fodor calls "Block's Problem", we argue that, while Block's Problem does not threaten Fodor's view, the Pathologies Problem does.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-104
Number of pages8
JournalMinds and Machines
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1993
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Artificial Intelligence


  • Asymmetric causal dependency
  • Block
  • Fodor
  • content
  • meaning
  • pathologies
  • semantics


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