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Jerry Alan Fodor

(1935-04-22)April 22, 1935
New York, New York, United States
Died November 29, 2017(2017-11-29) (aged 82)
Manhattan, New York, United States
Alma mater Columbia University
Princeton University
Region Western philosophy
School Analytic
Main interests
Philosophy of mind
Philosophy of language
Cognitive science

Jerry Alan Fodor (April 22, 1935 – November 29, 2017) was an American philosopher and cognitive scientist. He held the position of State of New Jersey Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at Rutgers University and was the author of many works in the fields of philosophy of mind and cognitive sciences.

In addition to having had an enormous influence on virtually every portion of the philosophy of mind literature since 1960, Fodor's work has had a significant impact on the development of the cognitive sciences.

He lived in New York with his wife, the linguist Janet Dean Fodor, and had two grown children. Fodor died on November 29, 2017, at his home in Manhattan.


Fodor was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received numerous awards and honors: New York State Regent's Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship (Princeton University), Chancellor Greene Fellow (Princeton University), Fulbright Fellowship (University of Oxford), Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He won the first Jean Nicod Prize for philosophy of mind and cognitive philosophy in 1993. In 2005, he won the Mind & Brain Prize.

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