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Functional role, philosophy: we speak of a functional role when we do not know exactly what the object is, that fulfills this role, however, we can describe the function and its impact. See also role, function, function analysis.

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Jerry Fodor on Functional Role - Dictionary of Arguments

IV 123
Similarity/functional role/causal/association/Hume/Fodor/Lepore: Analog: What a mental picture reminds you of does not depend on what role it plays in mental processes - Hume: the causal role rather depends on what the image is associated with - and an idea (imagination) can easily be associated with anything that is consistent with its content - Conclusion: the truth conditions are independent of the causal role - Hume is not a functionalist in terms of content - Fodor/Lepore: no one believes today that the content of a representation depends on what it remids of - the only exception: connectionism.
IV 124
Representation/Fodor/Lepore: Today: Representations have functional roles qua constituents of propositional attitudes - "but the content must not metaphysically or conceptually dependent on their functional role".


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

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Jerry Fodor
Ernest Lepore
Holism. A Shoppers Guide Cambridge USA Oxford UK 1992

Fodor I
Jerry Fodor
"Special Sciences (or The Disunity of Science as a Working Hypothesis", Synthese 28 (1974), 97-115
In
Kognitionswissenschaft, Dieter Münch, Frankfurt/M. 1992

Fodor II
Jerry Fodor
Jerrold J. Katz
Sprachphilosophie und Sprachwissenschaft
In
Linguistik und Philosophie, G. Grewendorf/G. Meggle, Frankfurt/M. 1974/1995

Fodor III
Jerry Fodor
Jerrold J. Katz
The availability of what we say in: Philosophical review, LXXII, 1963, pp.55-71
In
Linguistik und Philosophie, G. Grewendorf/G. Meggle, Frankfurt/M. 1974/1995


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