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A funkcionalizmus limitációi
The Limitations of Functionalism

Author(s): Levente Papp
Subject(s): Philosophy, Special Branches of Philosophy
Published by: Korunk Baráti Társaság
Keywords: phenomenal states; intentionality; representations; functional states; naturalism; the easy and the hard problems of consciousness

Summary/Abstract: n this study I give a very brief overview of the general theory of functionalism and a particular interpretation of it, which is related to the views of David Chalmers. I consider some of the main objections to functionalism, and then I focus on one of them, namely the critique according to which functionalism leaves out from its account the subjective, qualitative, phenomenal side of the mind. Interestingly enough, Chalmers agrees on this point about this weakness of functionalism, although he still accepts it, thinking that, although this theory cannot be the whole story about the mind, it can quite successfully account for the so-called functional or psychological mind, which can be investigated independently of its phenomenal aspect.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 06
  • Page Range: 57-65
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Hungarian