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Mentalese: Mentalese is a language of which is assumed that it is used for information processing in the brain. It is supposed to differ from the everyday language, which would require a twofold translation. Critics argue that this makes the explanations simply complicated, or the brain requires a higher work performance than necessary. The homunculus argument has become known against the language of thought. J. Fodor Signal language of the brain for internal processing - H. PutnamVs Mentalese explains nothing, shifts the problem. R. SearleVs

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Rorty I 269 ff
Rorty: Fodor s image of the internal representations has nothing to do with our mirror of nature that we have accepted. What is crucial is that with regard to Fodor s "Language of thought" the skeptical question of "how exactly do the internal representations represent the reality" cannot be asked! There is no gap.
Newen/Schrenk I 132
Mentalese/language of thought/thought language/Fodor/Newen/Schrenk: Thesis: thinking takes place with mental representations. - E.g. fuel gauge, causal connection. - Mentalese: as rich as natural language, but purely internal, symbolic, purely syntactic symbol manipulation - only in connection with propositional attitude - VsFodor: a) regress.
I 133
b) the supporters of the thesis of the prevalence of thought cannot explain the normativity of thinking with the help of social institutions such as the language - c) there are also beliefs without representation: E.g. chess computers: -brute force- then: -I should the queen out of the game early.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

J. Fodor/E. Lepore
Holism Cambridge USA Oxford UK 1992

Ro I
R. Rorty
Der Spiegel der Natur Frankfurt 1997

R. Rorty
Philosophie & die Zukunft Frankfurt 2000

R. Rorty
Kontingenz, Ironie und Solidarität Frankfurt 1992

R. Rorty
Eine Kultur ohne Zentrum Stuttgart 1993

Ro V
R. Rorty
Solidarität oder Objektivität? Stuttgart 1998

R. Rorty
Wahrheit und Fortschritt Frankfurt 2000

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