Graduate studies at Western
Noûs 47 (1) (2013)
|Abstract||The intimacy problems for functionalism stem from the worry that if functional properties are defined in terms of their causes and effects then such functional properties seem to be too intimately connected to these purported causes and effects. I distinguish three different ways the intimacy problems can be filled out – in terms of necessary connections, analytic connections and vacuous explanations. I argue that none of these present serious problems. Instead, they bring out some important and over-looked features of functionalism.|
|Keywords||Functionalism Explanation Necessity Analyticity Causation|
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