Australasian Journal of Philosophy 77 (3):320-324 (1999)

Authors
Hanoch Ben-Yami
Central European University
Abstract
Functionalists define a given mental state as a state that is apt to be the cause of specific effects and the effect of specific causes. Two tokens of the same belief, however, often cause and are caused by very different events: what makes them beliefs of the same type? Several answers, including the one relying on the identity of actual plus counterfactual causal relations, are considered and rejected. Functionalists did not notice that they have to specify how a state which is to be identified as mental is to be individuated, but, given their theory, this cannot be done
Keywords Belief  Functionalism  Mental States  Metaphysics  Mind
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/00048409912349071
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 63,133
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Mad Pain and Martian Pain.David Lewis - 1980 - In Ned Block (ed.), Readings in the Philosophy of Psychology. Harvard University Press. pp. 216-222.
The Nature of Mind and Other Essays.David M. Armstrong - 1980 - University of Queensland Press.
Knowing What It is Like 'in DM Rosenthal'.D. K. Lewis - 1991 - In David M. Rosenthal (ed.), The Nature of Mind. Oxford University Press.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

In Defence of Functionalism.Jing Zhu - 2006 - Philosophia 34 (1):95-99.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Mental States and Putnam's Functionalist Hypothesis.William G. Lycan - 1974 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 52 (1):48-62.
Functionalism, Sensations, and Materialism.Larry J. Eshelman - 1977 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 7 (June):255-74.
A New Lilliputian Argument Against Machine Functionalism.William G. Lycan - 1979 - Philosophical Studies 35 (April):279-87.
Functionalism's Impotence.John Weckert - 1990 - Philosophical Inquiry 32 (1-2):32-43.
What is Functionalism?Ned Block - 1996 - In Donald M. Borchert (ed.), [Book Chapter]. MacMillan.
Functionalism, Computationalism, & Mental States.Gualtiero Piccinini - 2004 - Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science 35 (4):811-833.
Is Role-Functionalism Committed to Epiphenomenalism?Brian P. McLaughlin - 2006 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 13 (1-2):39-66.
Functionalism and Logical Analysis.Paul Livingston - 2005 - In David Woodruff Smith & Amie L. Thomasson (eds.), Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind. Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 19.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
113 ( #94,562 of 2,448,174 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #451,050 of 2,448,174 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes