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Physicalism, Realization, and Structure (2018)


In the philosophy of mind and psychology, a central question since the 1960s has been that of how to give a philosophically adequate formulation of mind-body physicalism. A large quantity of work on the topic has been done in the interim. There have been, and continue to be, extensive discussions of the ideas of physicalism, identity, functionalism, realization, and constitution. My aim in this paper is a modest one: it is to get clearer about these ideas and some of their interrelations. After providing some background and history, I shall focus on two related topics: the distinction between a functional property and a structural one and the dispute over whether a realization account of the mental-physical relation provides a better physicalist account than a constitutional account.

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Authors & Contributors
Goodey, C. F.
Landucci, Sergio
Martensen, Robert Lawrence
Wilson, Robert A.
Knuuttila, Simo
Broadie, Alexander
History of the Human Sciences
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
Dianoia: Annali di storia della filosofia
Revue de Synthèse
Science and Education
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Franco Angeli
Oxford University Press
Cambridge University Press
Clarendon Press
Rutgers University Press
Random House
Philosophy of mind
Mind and body
Descartes, René
Hume, David
De Sarlo, Francesco
Freud, Sigmund
Schnitzel, Arthur
Bunge, Mario
Time Periods
20th century, late
17th century
21st century
20th century
19th century
18th century
Florence (Italy)
Naples (Italy)
Vienna (Austria)

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