Celebrating the Legacy of Jerry Fodor, a Pioneering Rutgers Philosopher

Written by John Chadwick | SAS Senior Writer

Jerry Fodor launched a golden age at philosophy department

Three world-renowned scholars from Harvard and Tufts universities came together earlier this month to honor the Rutgers University philosopher who inspired, challenged, and confounded them: Jerry Fodor.

Fodor, who died in 2017, was a pioneering scholar in the field of cognitive science. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and later at Rutgers—where he ushered in a golden age in the university’s philosophy department—Fodor helped develop the theories that view the human mind as an information processing system with modules for functions such as language, music, or math.

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