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Levels, Individual Variation, and Massive Multiple Realization in Neurobiology

Kenneth Aizawa and Carl Gillett

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195304787
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195304787.003.0023

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Levels, Individual Variation, and Massive Multiple Realization in Neurobiology

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This article examines massive multiple realization (MMR) in the context of neurobiology. It highlights the differences in the conception of multiple realization and its methodological implications by researchers in the philosophy of psychology and those in the philosophy of neuroscience. It discusses neurobiological findings about MMR and shows that there is plausibly important individual variation at every physiologically significant level of organization in the nervous system. It explores philosophical concerns about the MMR hypothesis and proposes a framework for realization and multiple realization.

Keywords: massive multiple realization; neurobiology; philosophy; psychology; neuroscience; nervous system

Article.  19164 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mind

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