Narrow Content Meets Fat Syntax

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This chapter begins with a quick overview of Fodor's account of narrow content. It provides a sketch of how Fodor proposes to construct the notion and sets out a pair of reasons for doubting that Fodor's notion of narrow content will do what he wants. It then argues that the real problem with narrow content is that the taxonomy of mental states it imposes is both too coarse and too ill behaved to exploit in a serious scientific psychology. It illustrates the coarseness of a narrow content taxonomy by comparing three taxonomic schemes: the one imposed by fat syntax, the one imposed by broad content, and the one imposed by narrow content.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollected Papers
Subtitle of host publicationMind and Language, 1972-2010
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190267513
ISBN (Print)9780199734108
StatePublished - Sep 22 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


  • Autonomy argument
  • Broad content
  • Commonsense notion
  • Fat syntax
  • Intentional content
  • Jerry fodor
  • Narrow content
  • Scientific psychology

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    Stich, S. (2011). Narrow Content Meets Fat Syntax. In Collected Papers: Mind and Language, 1972-2010 (Vol. 1). Oxford University Press.