Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Authors' Response

Fodor's frame problem and relevance theory

Dan Sperbera1 and Deirdre Wilsona2

a1 Centre de Recherche en Épistémologie Appliquée, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France

a2 department of Linguistics, University College, London, United Kingdom.


Chiappe & Kukla argue that relevance theory fails to solve the frame problem as defined by Fodor. They are right. They are wrong, however, to take Fodor's frame problem too seriously. Fodor's concerns, on the other hand, even though they are wrongly framed, are worth addressing. We argue that relevance theory helps address them.