|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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Mental state/Nozick: E.g. robots: other internal configuration: different mental state than ours (despite the same role) - however: even with the same biological function yet there are not the same mental states in robots as ours - difference: 1. functional role - 2. biological function - (could also apply to KI) - connected: it can be the biol. funct. of a physical state to play a funct. role - consciousness plays no role - i.e. the mind-body problem is not affected.
Philosophical Explanations Oxford 1981
The Nature of Rationality 1994