Learning to Think: A Response to the Language of Thought Argument for Innateness
Author: Viger, Christopher
Source: Mind & Language, Volume 20, Number 3, June 2005 , pp. 313-325(13)
Jerry Fodor's argument for an innate language of thought continues to be a hurdle for researchers arguing that natural languages provide us with richer conceptual systems than our innate cognitive resources. I argue that because the logical/formal terms of natural languages are given a use‐theory of meaning, unlike predicates, logical/formal terms might be learned without a mediating internal representation. In that case, our innate representational system might have less logical structure than a natural language, making it possible that we augment our innate representational system and improve our ability to think by learning a natural language.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 2005