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Gödel, Putnam, and functionalism : a new reading of Representation and reality

Author: Jeff Buechner
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the late 1950s, with mind-brain identity theories no longer dominant in philosophy of mind, scientific materialists turned to functionalism, the view that the identity of any mental state depends on its function in the cognitive system of which it is a part. The philosopher Hilary Putnam was one of the primary architects of functionalism and was the first to propose computational functionalism, which views the  Read more...
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Named Person: Kurt Gödel; Hilary Putnam; Gödel; Putnam; Kurt Gödel; Hilary Putnam; Kurt Gödel; Hilary Putnam; Kurt Gödel
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeff Buechner
ISBN: 9780262026239 0262026236
OCLC Number: 77766991
Notes: "A Bradford book."
Description: x, 344 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Putnam's use of Godel's incompleteness theorems to refute computational functionalism --
Putnam's bombshell --
Universal realization of computation --
Putnam's triviality theorem and universal physical computation --
Searle on triviality and the subjective nature of computation --
There are infinitely many computational realizations of an arbitrary intentional state --
Against local computational reduction --
Rational interpretation, synonymy determination and EQUIVALENCE --
Question of the nonformalizability of SD, coreferentiality decisions, and the family of notions.
Responsibility: Jeff Buechner.
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The first systematic examination of Hilary Putnam's arguments against computational functionalism challenges each of Putnam's main arguments.  Read more...

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