|Reduction, philosophy: reduction is the tracing back of a set of statements to another set of statements by rephrasing and replacing concepts of a subject domain by concepts from another subject domain. There must be conditions for the substitutability of a concept from the first domain by a concept from the second domain. An example of a reduction is the tracing back of mental concepts to physical concepts or to behavior. See also bridge laws, reductionism, translation, identity theory, materialism, physical/psychical, physicalism, eliminationism, functionalism, roles, indeterminacy._____________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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Reduction / Type / token / Psychology / Reductionism / Fodor: of course we can get evidence that neural events that would otherwise constitute a heterogeneous mass, do have a kind of properties in common. - Such correspondences can now found the token physicalism with same reasons as the type ph. -
FodorVsReductionism: However if this is true, the arguments that conclude from token ph. to the reductionism must be wrong. - FodorVs unified science: it s not about which of the natural kind predicates are coextensive with those of the n.k.p. of the single science, but which physical mechanism explains the events that the particular science states._____________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