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Roles, philosophy: the expression role is usually used with an addition such as causal role, functional role, etc. It is signaled that a certain openness is required for a yet outstanding specification for a function within a system. In other words, there is a lack of knowledge concerning the object that performs the function. Linguistically, this is expressed by formulations like "Whatever plays the… role". An example from the philosophy of mind is the causal role of pain. See also functionalism.

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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.
 
Author Item    More concepts for author
Armstrong, David M. Roles   Armstrong, David M.
Cresswell, Maxwell J. Roles   Cresswell, Maxwell J.
Dummett, Michael E. Roles   Dummett, Michael E.
Field, Hartry Roles   Field, Hartry
Gärdenfors, Peter Roles   Gärdenfors, Peter
Goffman, Erving Roles   Goffman, Erving
Lewis, David K. Roles   Lewis, David K.
MacIntyre, Alasdair Roles   MacIntyre, Alasdair
Peacocke, Christopher Roles   Peacocke, Christopher
Perry, John R. Roles   Perry, John R.
Rawls, John Roles   Rawls, John
Wright, Crispin Roles   Wright, Crispin

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