The Ontology of Functional Mechanisms

Corey Maley and I have recently completed paper in which we give a goal-based account of teleological functions. Comments are very welcome. (The above paper builds on another paper by Justin Garson and me that is forthcoming in BJPS. That paper is available upon request.) Abstract: We provide the foundations …

The Analytic Functionalists Were (Probably) Right!

The mind-body problem asks: How are mental states related to physical states of the brain, the body, and behavioral states more generally? Functionalists claim that mental states are identical with functional roles, defined as relations between environmental impingements, external behaviors, and other mental states.Analytic functionalists contend that these identities are imposed …