Jerry Fodor

1935 - 2017

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Jerry Alan Fodor (; 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." Until his death in 2017 he held the position of State of New Jersey Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at Rutgers University. Fodor was known for his provocative and sometimes polemical style of argumentation. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jerry Fodor has received more than 372,118 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 29 in 2019). Jerry Fodor is the 583rd most popular philosopher (down from 524th in 2019), the 1,981st most popular biography from United States (down from 1,665th in 2019) and the 21st most popular American Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Jerry Fodor ranks 583 out of 1,089Before him are Johann Christoph Gottsched, Karl Leonhard Reinhold, Antonio Labriola, Nicola Abbagnano, Vasishtha, and Amalric of Bena. After him are Bardaisan, Reinhold Niebuhr, Jacques Ellul, Abraham Isaac Kook, Nicos Poulantzas, and Mario Bunge.

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Among people born in 1935, Jerry Fodor ranks 89Before him are Princess Elisabeth of Denmark, Bruno Sammartino, Jerry Orbach, Monique Wittig, André Brink, and Lyudmila Gurchenko. After him are Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Satoshi Ōmura, Richard Brautigan, Zeev Sternhell, Julian Glover, and Carl Andre. Among people deceased in 2017, Jerry Fodor ranks 95Before him are René Préval, Roger Ailes, Paolo Villaggio, Karin Dor, Bruce McCandless II, and Luis Bacalov. After him are Brian Aldiss, Tobe Hooper, Anne Wiazemsky, Jean d'Ormesson, Albert Speer, and Colin Dexter.

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Among people born in United States, Jerry Fodor ranks 1,981 out of 15,968Before him are Eugene Nida (1914), Irving Baxter (1876), Sundance Kid (1867), Kelly McGillis (1957), Cyd Charisse (1922), and Holly Hunter (1958). After him are Michael Rockefeller (1938), Karen Uhlenbeck (1942), King Vidor (1894), David Gross (1941), Charles Dow (1851), and Wayne Shorter (1933).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United States

Among philosophers born in United States, Jerry Fodor ranks 21Before him are Murray Bookchin (1921), Mary Parker Follett (1868), Martha Nussbaum (1947), Saul Kripke (1940), Arthur Danto (1924), and Tom Regan (1938). After him are Reinhold Niebuhr (1892), Charles W. Morris (1903), William Heard Kilpatrick (1871), Michael J. Sandel (1953), James Mark Baldwin (1861), and Ted Nelson (1937).