The Multiple Realization Book by Thomas W. PolgerThe Multiple Realization Book by Thomas W. Polger

The Multiple Realization Book

byThomas W. Polger, Lawrence A. Shapiro

Paperback | September 29, 2016

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Since Hilary Putnam offered multiple realization as an empirical hypothesis in the 1960s, philosophical consensus has turned against the idea that mental processes could be identified with brain processes, and multiple realization has become the keystone of the "antireductive consensus" acrossphilosophy of science broadly. Thomas W. Polger and Lawrence A. Shapiro offer the first book-length investigation of multiple realization. Their analysis of multiple realization serves as a starting point to a series of philosophically sophisticated and empirically informed arguments that cast doubton the generality of multiple realization in the cognitive sciences. In the course of making their case, they respond to classic defenses of multiple realization that Jerry Fodor, Ned Block, and other prominent philosophers of psychology have offered. Polger and Shapiro conclude that the identity theory, once left for dead, remains a viable theory of mind - one that, when suitably framed, enjoys the benefits typically thought to accrue only to theories of mind that presuppose the truth of multiple realization. As Polger and Shapiro see matters,mind-brain identities have played an important role in the growth and achievements of the cognitive sciences, and they see little prospect - or need - for multiple realization in an empirically-based theory of mind. This leads Polger and Shapiro to offer an alternative framework for understandingexplanations in the cognitive sciences, as well as in chemistry, biology, and other non-basic sciences.
Thomas Polger received his PhD in philosophy from Duke University in 2000, and joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati in the same year. His previous book, Natural Minds, was a defense of the mind-brain identity theory. He is the author of numerous articles in philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics. Polge...
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Title:The Multiple Realization BookFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pagesPublished:September 29, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsSection I. Whence Multiple Realization?1. Physicalism and Multiple Realization2. Realization and Multiple Realization3. What is Multiple Realization?4. Multiple Realization and Relevant DifferencesSection II. The Evidence for Multiple Realization5. Evidence for Multiple Realization: Neural Plasticity6. Evidence for Multiple Realization: Kind Splitting and Comparative Evidence7. The Likelihood of Multiple Realization8. The Computationalist Argument for Multiple RealizabilitySection III. After Multiple Realization9. Putnam's Revenge10. Causal Exclusion and the Autonomy of PsychologyGuide for Teaching and LearningReferences