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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
Lyre, Holger
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 15:17
Item ID: 4494

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