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Theory reduction by means of functional sub-types

Esfeld, Michael and Sachse, Christian (2007) Theory reduction by means of functional sub-types. [Preprint]


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The paper sets out a new strategy for theory reduction by means of functional sub-types. This strategy is intended to get around the multiple realization objection. We use Kim’s argument for token identity (ontological reductionism) based on the causal exclusion problem as starting point. We then extend ontological reductionism to epistemological reductionism (theory reduction). We show how one can distinguish within any functional type between functional sub-types. Each of these sub-types is coextensive with one type of realizer. By this means, a conservative theory reduction is in principle possible despite multiple realization. We link this account with Nagelian reduction, as well as Kim’s functional reduction.

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Item Type: Preprint
Esfeld, Michael
Sachse, Christian
Keywords: reductionism, theory reduction, multiple realization, functionalism, Kim
Subjects: General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Michael Esfeld
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:15
Item ID: 3371
Subjects: General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: May 2007

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