PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Computationalism, Multiple Realizability, and Autonomy

In this paper I will examine two crucial premises in the inference from computationalism to multiple realizability. First, is it true that explanation in the cognitive sciences is generally and importantly computational? (Alternatively: In what sense of “computational” is it true that explanation in the cognitive sciences is generally and importantly computational?) Second, insofar as (in whatever sense) computational explanation in the cognitive sciences is widespread, does it follow that mental processes are multiply realizable?

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Thomas Polger    
Department of Philosophy
University of Cincinnati

 

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