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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 100W
Professor
Peter Horban
Semester
Fall

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Lecture 14Functionalism takes various forms bu tin general it is the view that mental states are defined by their causes and effectsThus what makes an inner state mental is not an intrinsic property of the statebut rather its relations to sensory stimulation input to other inner statesand to behavior outputFor example what makes an inner state a pain is its being a type of state that is typically caused by such things as pinpricksand typically causes certain behavior eg saying ouchTo be in mental state type M is to be in a physical state N that typically occupies causal role RAll versions of functionalism face problems about the qualitative nature of mental statesFunctionalism individuates mental states in purely relational terms but seems unable to capture their nonrelational intrinsic qualities such as sensation of seeing yellow or the pungent oder that I experience when driving past a pulpand
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