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International Phenomenological Society Multiple Realization and the Metaphysics of Reduction

  title={International Phenomenological Society Multiple Realization and the Metaphysics of Reduction},
  author={Jaegwon Kim},
Unity of Science
Unity of science was once a very popular idea among both philosophers and scientists. But it has fallen out of fashion, largely because of its association with reductionism and the challenge posed
Ahistorical homology and multiple realizability
The Mind-Brain Identity Theory lived a short life as a respectable philosophical position in the late 1950s, until Hilary Putnam developed his famous argument on the multiple realizability of mental
Functionalism about Truth and the Metaphysics of Reduction
Functionalism about truth is the view that truth is an explanatorily significant but multiply-realizable property. According to this view the properties that realize truth vary from domain to domain,
EMERGENCE AND REDUCTION IN SCIENCE. A CASE STUDY (Spine title: Emergence and Reduction in Science. A Case Study) (Thesis format: Monograph)
An account of emergence is developed that is capable of answering the question of why the authors have chemistry instead of just applied quantum mechanics, and it is argued that functionally emergent properties in chemistry can help us defend the autonomy of chemistry.
Physicalism and sparse ontology
A major stumbling block for non-reductive physicalism is Kim’s disjunctive property objection. In this paper I bring certain issues in sparse ontology to bear on the objection, in particular the
We defend Jaegwon Kim’s ‘causal inheritance’ principle from an objection raised by Jurgen Schroder. The objection is that the principle is inconsistent with a view about mental properties assumed by
Mathematical Concepts and Definitions 1
I Definition and Mathematical Practice The basic observation structuring this survey is that mathematicians often set finding the “right” / “proper” etc. as a research objective, and success finding “the proper” definition can be counted as a significant advance in knowledge.
Attention Is Amplification, Not Selection
We argue that recent empirical findings and theoretical models shed new light on the nature of attention. According to the resulting amplification view, attentional phenomena can be unified at the
Function-Theoretic Explanation and the Search for Neural Mechanisms
It is argued that a functiontheoretic characterization of a cognitive capacity can be genuinely explanatory even absent an account of how the capacity is realized in neural hardware.
Why the social sciences are irreducible
This paper argues that the multiple realizability argument for explanatory holism is unsound, and that typical social science predicates cannot even be held to be co-extensive with individualistic predicates, which means type–type identifications are ruled out too.