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Gualtiero Piccinini
University of Missouri, St. Louis
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Some philosophers have conflated functionalism and computationalism. I reconstruct how this came about and uncover two assumptions that made the conflation possible. They are the assumptions that (i) psychological functional analyses are computational descriptions and (ii) everything may be described as performing computations. I argue that, if we want to improve our understanding of both the metaphysics of mental states and the functional relations between them, we should reject these assumptions.
Keywords functionalsim  computationalism  computational functionalism  mental states  computational theory of mind  functional analysis
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DOI 10.1016/j.shpsa.2004.02.003
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