Functionalism - Functionalism Dewey Definition - : a late...

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Functionalism – Dewey Definition - : a late 19th century to early 20th century American school of psychology concerned especially with how the mind functions to adapt the individual to the environment The soul’s presence in a world that is onerous and devastating and was created in the divines image and its residence in a material body are an enigma. Nature is conceived to be wholly mechanical. The existence within nature and as a part of it of a body possessed of life, manifesting thought and enjoying consciousness is a mystery. This leads to a “superior reality of ‘causes.” But the physical is conjoined with the inanimate. “Psycho-physical” - notes conjunctive presence in activity of need-demand-satisfaction. “Psycho” – denotes that physical activity has organized additional properties, those of ability to procure a peculiar kind of interactive support of needs from surrounding media. Organization – an empirical trait – the possession of certain qualities and efficacious not displayed by the inanimate. As life is a characteristic in a peculiar situation of organization, and “feeling” is a quality
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This note was uploaded on 09/02/2011 for the course PHI 2010 taught by Professor Miller during the Spring '11 term at Santa Fe College.

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