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From Water to H2O – What Reduction is About

van Riel, Raphael (2008) From Water to H2O – What Reduction is About. In: [2008] Reduction and the Special Sciences (Tilburg, April 10-12, 2008).

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    In this paper I argue that an important notion of reduction depends on a four-place relation holding between expressions, concepts, properties, and events or states of affairs. I define this notion and argue against alternative accounts that are based on syntactic features of theories. Whilst these latter attempts fail to deliver a satisfactory explanation of why a certain theory or a certain expression reduces to another, the former can give a complete explanation of why, say, ‛human pain’ reduces to ‛C-fiber stimulation’ (if it reduces at all) or why the mind reduces to the physical. I briefly sketch the difference between the semantic approach that I favor, which is based on a particular notion of hyper-intensions, and classical model-theoretic versions of reduction

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Reduction, explanation, scientific levels, conceptual contents
    Subjects: General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
    General Issues > Explanation
    General Issues > Philosophers of Science
    Conferences and Volumes: [2008] Reduction and the Special Sciences (Tilburg, April 10-12, 2008)
    Depositing User: Raphael van Riel
    Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:16
    Item ID: 4101

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