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The Mind as Neural Software? Understanding Functionalism, Computationalism, and Computational Functionalism

Piccinini, Dr. Gualtiero (2009) The Mind as Neural Software? Understanding Functionalism, Computationalism, and Computational Functionalism. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Defending or attacking either functionalism or computationalism requires clarity on what they amount to and what evidence counts for or against them. My goal here is not to evaluate their plausibility. My goal is to formulate them and their relationship clearly enough that we can determine which type of evidence is relevant to them. I aim to dispel some sources of confusion that surround functionalism and computationalism, recruit recent philosophical work on mechanisms and computation to shed light on them, and clarify how functionalism and computationalism may or may not legitimately come together.

Item Type:Preprint
Subjects:Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
ID Code:6832
Deposited By:Piccinini, Dr. Gualtiero
Deposited On:04 May 2010 23:10
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:57

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