Jerry Fodor

1935 - 2017

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Jerry Alan Fodor ( FOH-dər; April 22, 1935 – November 29, 2017) was an American philosopher and the author of many crucial works in the fields of philosophy of mind and cognitive science. His writings in these fields laid the groundwork for the modularity of mind and the language of thought hypotheses, and he is recognized as having had "an enormous influence on virtually every portion of the philosophy of mind literature since 1960." At the time of his death in 2017, he held the position of State of New Jersey Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at Rutgers University, and had taught previously at the City University of New York Graduate Center and MIT. Jerry Fodor was born in New York City on April 22, 1935, and was of Jewish descent. He received his A.B. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jerry Fodor has received more than 457,436 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Jerry Fodor is the 693rd most popular philosopher (down from 673rd in 2019), the 2,500th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,526th in 2019) and the 26th most popular American Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Jerry Fodor ranks 693 out of 1,267Before him are Georges Politzer, Pyotr Lavrov, Alvin Plantinga, Hakuin Ekaku, François Bernier, and Mechthild of Magdeburg. After him are Francesco Algarotti, Helmuth Plessner, Chandrakirti, Étienne-Gabriel Morelly, Onesicritus, and Ludwig Klages.

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Among people born in 1935, Jerry Fodor ranks 121Before him are Azzedine Alaïa, Richard Kuklinski, Bruno Sammartino, Jan Saudek, André Brink, and Jerry Orbach. After him are Chaim Topol, Tsutomu Hata, Mohamed Choukri, Sergei Khrushchev, Richard Brautigan, and Franco Citti. Among people deceased in 2017, Jerry Fodor ranks 123Before him are Jiro Taniguchi, Azzedine Alaïa, Brian Aldiss, Shadia, Robert James Waller, and Lubomyr Husar. After him are Omar Abdel-Rahman, Tsutomu Hata, Igor Shafarevich, Luis Bacalov, Lyudmila Chernykh, and Pierre Henry.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Jerry Fodor ranks 2,500 out of 20,380Before him are George Segal (1934), Bruce Nauman (1941), James Ingram (1952), Bill Finger (1914), Elijah Wood (1981), and Katherine Helmond (1929). After him are Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915), Thomas R. Marshall (1854), James Baker (1930), Steve Fossett (1944), Ernest Guiraud (1837), and Drew Weissman (1959).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United States

Among philosophers born in United States, Jerry Fodor ranks 26Before him are Nancy Fraser (1947), Reinhold Niebuhr (1892), Jonathan Edwards (1703), Mary Parker Follett (1868), Michael Walzer (1935), and Alvin Plantinga (1932). After him are James Mark Baldwin (1861), William Heard Kilpatrick (1871), Helen Parkhurst (1886), Michael J. Sandel (1953), Mortimer J. Adler (1902), and Eric Hoffer (1898).