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The “Multirealization” of Multiple Realizability

Lyre, Holger (2009) The “Multirealization” of Multiple Realizability. [Preprint]

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    Multiple Realizability (MR) must still be regarded as one of the principal arguments against type reductionist accounts of higher-order properties and their special laws. Against this I argue that there is no unique MR but rather a multitude of MR categories. In a slogan: MR is itself “multi-realized”. If this is true then we cannot expect one unique reductionist strategy against MR as an anti-reductionist argument. The main task is rather to develop a taxonomy of the wide variety of MR cases and to sketch possible reductionist answers for each class of cases. The paper outlines some first steps in this direction.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: multiple realizability, type reduction, shared properties, approximations and idealizations
    Subjects: General Issues > Laws of Nature
    General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
    Depositing User: Holger Lyre
    Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4494
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4494

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