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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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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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J. Fodor/E. Lepore
Holism Cambridge USA Oxford UK 1992

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2018-06-20