Synthese 181 (2):209 - 226 (2011)

Eric Hiddleston
Wayne State University
This paper concerns reductionist views about psychology and the special sciences more generally. I identify a metaphysical assumption in reductionist views which I dub the 'Micro-Macro Mirroring Thesis'. The Mirroring Thesis says that the relation between the entities of any legitimate higher-level science and their lowerlevel realizers is similar to that between the entities of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. I argue that reductionism implies the Thesis, and that the Thesis is not a priori. It is more difficult to tell whether the Thesis is true, and I indicate some relevant considerations
Keywords Reduction  Philosophy of mind  Functionalism  Second-order property
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-010-9798-z
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