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Title:Realization, Reduction and Psychological Autonomy
Authors: Paul Schweizer
Date: 2001
Publication Title:Synthese
Publication Type:Journal Article Publication Status:Published
Volume No:126 Page Nos:383-405
In contrast to well known antireductionist views based on multiple realizability, I argue that the primary goal of a computational approach to the mind should be to facilitate a translation of the mental to the neurophysiological. It is standardly held that the computational paradigm provides a supporting case for the theoretical autonomy of the science of mind, but I argue that computation is in fact incompatible with this alleged aspect of intentional explanation, and hence the foundational assumptions of the standard view are mutually unstable. The most plausible way to relieve these foundational tensions is to relinquish the idea that the psychological level enjoys some special form of theoretical sovereignty.
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author = { Paul Schweizer },
title = {Realization, Reduction and Psychological Autonomy},
journal = {Synthese},
publisher = {Springer},
year = 2001,
volume = {126},
pages = {383-405},
doi = {10.1023/A:1005203928401},

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