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Philosophy and Phenomenological Research

Volume 81, Issue 2, September 2010

Gualtiero Piccinini
Pages 269-311

The Mind as Neural Software?
Understanding Functionalism, Computationalism, and Computational Functionalism

Defending or attacking either functionalism or computationalism requires clarity on what they amount to and what evidence counts for or against them. My goal here is not to evaluatc their plausibility. My goal is to formulate them and their relationship clearly enough that we can determine which type of evidence is relevant to them. I aim to dispel some sources of confusion that surround functionalism and computationalism. recruit recent philosophical work on mechanisms and computation to shed light on them, and clarify how functionalism and computationalism mayor may not legitimately come together.

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