Journal Article

Does Functional Reduction Need Bridge Laws? A Response to Marras

Kevin Morris

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 60, issue 3, pages 647-657
Published in print September 2009 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online June 2009 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axp028
Does Functional Reduction Need Bridge Laws? A Response to Marras

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In his recent article ‘Consciousness and Reduction’, Ausonio Marras argues that functional reduction must appeal to bridge laws and thus does not represent a genuine alternative to Nagelian reduction. In response, I first argue that even if functional reduction must use bridge laws, it still represents a genuine alternative to Nagelian reduction. Further, I argue that Marras does not succeed in showing that functional reduction must use bridge laws.

Introduction

Nagelian Reduction, Functional Reduction, and Bridge Laws

Marras on Functional Reduction

The Logical Space of ‘Bridge Law’ Views of Reduction

[RP] as an Account of Realization

Conclusion

Journal Article.  4972 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science ; Science and Mathematics

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