Understanding the Dimensions of Realization

Journal of Philosophy 105 (4):213-222 (2008)

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Lawrence Shapiro
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Abstract
Carl Gillett has defended what he calls the “dimensioned” view of the realization relation, which he contrasts with the traditional “flat” view of realization (2003, 2007; see also Gillett 2002). Intuitively, the dimensioned approach characterizes realization in terms of composition whereas the flat approach views realization in terms of occupiers of functional roles. Elsewhere we have argued that the general view of realization and multiple realization that Gillett advances is not able to discharge the theoretical duties of those relations (Shapiro 2004, unpublished manuscript; Polger 2004, 2007, forthcoming). Here we focus on an internal objection to Gillett’s account and then raise some broader reasons to reject it.
Keywords Gillett  Realization  Supervenience
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DOI 10.5840/jphil2008105415
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