A Defence of AI-Functionalism Against Brandom's Arguments from Holism and the Frame Problem

Dialogue 50 (04):741-750 (2011)
ABSTRACT: Brandom argues that functionalism must ultimately fail because it will not be able to explain how we can holistically update our beliefs solely in terms of abilities possessed by non-linguistic things. In this paper I respond to this argument by arguing that non-linguistic animals encounter and overcome an analogous sort of holistic updating problem. I will also try to demystify holism and de-intellectualize language use/reasoning
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