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Being ReducedNew Essays on Reduction, Explanation, and Causation$
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Jakob Hohwy and Jesper Kallestrup

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199211531

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211531.001.0001

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Reduction in Real Life *

Reduction in Real Life *

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(p.52) 3 Reduction in Real Life*
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Being Reduced
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Peter Godfrey‐Smith (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211531.003.0004

This chapter identifies and criticizes assumptions about reductive explanation that are common in philosophy of mind. It argues that there is a serious disconnect between the picture of reduction that philosophers of mind tend to employ, and actual practice in the parts of science that are most relevant to their problems (psychology, biology, neuroscience). Ideas from the ‘new mechanist’ movement and from work on model-based science are used to develop a better picture. This picture is applied to some problems in mainstream functionalism.

Keywords:   special sciences, reduction, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, functionalism, mechanism, models

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