Precis 4 - Alex Sandlin Precis 4 Functionalism, Qualia and...

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Alex Sandlin Precis 4 Functionalism, Qualia and the Inverted Spectrum Terrance Horgan, a philosopher at the University of Memphis, provided a few counter- examples of Functionalism and how Functionalists might respond to such examples. First of all, Functionalism is the thought that “ever mental state-type may be fully defined by means of its typical causal connections to sensory stimulation, behavior, and other mental state-types similarly defined.” In other words, functionalists believe that there is a certain type of experience or personal connection with an experience that causally connects to ones personal mentality and furthermore, mental states have be entirely defined though functionality. But Horgan claims that although functionalism is in parts possible, the unique make up of our mentality (qualia) seems incoherent. This problem is due to the fact that functionalism uses causes and affects to illustrate one’s mental state. But a strange possibility arises when one can imagine two men with the same functional states, but with completely different mentalities. Most importantly, Horgan uses this type of example to help prove his point.
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course PHIL 1000 taught by Professor Heathwood, during the Spring '07 term at Colorado.

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Precis 4 - Alex Sandlin Precis 4 Functionalism, Qualia and...

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