Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Functionalism, philosophy of mind: the thesis that mind states are functional states that can be described by input and output. See also identity theory, mind-body-problem, materialism, physicalism, mental states.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Dennett I 292 ff
Fodor/Dennett: the necessity of an organism to work smoothly at any stage imposes iron restrictions on its subsequent properties.
Fodor IV 127
functionalist: causal role distinguishes desires and beliefs ((s) internal in the mind) - SemanticsVsFunktionalism: Relationship mind-world determining.
IV 127
semantic properties/Fodor/Lepore: functionalism: the semantic properties derived from the functional (causal) role - so beliefs and desires are distinguished by the causal role - on the other hand semantics: the semantic properties are derived from the relation of mind/world.
Frank I 61 ~
FodorVsFunctionalism: does not grasp the qualia, nothing would be a token of the general type of pain, even if it were linked typically with all other psych. states - Arg. of the missing qualia: the organism could behave without them jsut the same - Shoemaker: Failure of qualia unthinkable because of networking.

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.

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

Den I
D. Dennett
Darwins gefährliches Erbe Hamburg 1997

Den II
D. Dennett
Spielarten des Geistes Gütersloh 1999

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

Fra I
M. Frank (Hrsg.)
Analytische Theorien des Selbstbewusstseins Frankfurt 1994

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