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Multiple Realizability and Psychophysical Reduction
Behavior and Philosophy
Vol. 20, No. 1 (Spring/Summer, 1992), pp. 47-58
Published by: Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (CCBS)
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27759270
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The argument from multiple realizability is that, because quite diverse physical systems are capable of giving rise to identical psychological phenomena, mental states cannot be reduced to physical states. This influential argument depends upon a theory of reduction that has been defunct in the philosophy of science for at least fifteen years. Better theories are now available.
Behavior and Philosophy © 1992 Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (CCBS)