Single Idea 7062

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

Full Idea

Functionalism has been widely criticized on the grounds that it is implausible to think that functional organization alone could suffice for conscious experience.

Gist of Idea

Functionalism cannot explain consciousness just by functional organisation


John Heil (From an Ontological Point of View [2003], 20.2)

Book Reference

Heil,John: 'From an Ontological Point of View' [OUP 2005], p.242

A Reaction

He cites Block's 'Chinese Mind' as an example. The obvious reply is that you can't explain consciousness with a lump of meat, or with behaviour, or with an anomalous property, or even with a non-physical substance.