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Does Functional Reduction Need Bridge Laws? A Response to Marras

Kevin Morris
The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Vol. 60, No. 3 (Sep., 2009), pp. 647-657
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25592023
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Does Functional Reduction Need Bridge Laws? A Response to Marras
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Abstract

In his recent article 'Consciousness and Reduction', Ausonio Marras argues that functional reduction must appeal to bridge laws and thus does not represent a genuine alternative to Nagelian reduction. In response, I first argue that even if functional reduction must use bridge laws, it still represents a genuine alternative to Nagelian reduction. Further, I argue that Marras does not succeed in showing that functional reduction must use bridge laws.

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