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Single Idea 2071

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / C. Functionalism / 8. Functionalism critique]

Full Idea

Computational models of the brain/mind will not suffice for cognitive psychology. We cannot individuate concepts and beliefs without reference to the environment. Meanings aren't "in the head".

Gist of Idea

If concepts have external meaning, computational states won't explain psychology


Hilary Putnam (Representation and Reality [1988], p.73)

Book Reference

Putnam,Hilary: 'Representation and Reality' [MIT 1992], p.73

A Reaction

Mr Functionalism quits!