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17. Mind and Body / C. Functionalism / 4. Causal Functionalism

[mental states are defined in entirely causal terms]

7 ideas
Armstrong and Lewis see functionalism as an identity of the function and its realiser [Heil on Armstrong]
If pains are defined causally, and research shows that the causal role is physical, then pains are physical [Lycan on Armstrong]
Causal Functionalism says mental states are apt for producing behaviour [Armstrong]
Experiences are defined by their causal role, and causal roles belong to physical states [Lewis]
'Pain' contingently names the state that occupies the causal role of pain [Lewis]
Type-type psychophysical identity is combined with a functional characterisation of pain [Lewis]
Causal powers must be a crucial feature of mental states [Fodor]