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Single Idea 6533

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / C. Functionalism / 5. Teleological Functionalism]

Full Idea

I am taking mental types to form a small subclass of teleological types occurring for the most part at a high level of functional abstraction.


'Teleological types' are identified by their purposes

Gist of Idea

Mental types are a subclass of teleological types at a high level of functional abstraction


William Lycan (Consciousness [1987], 4.3)

Book Reference

Lycan,William G.: 'Consciousness' [MIT 1995], p.43

A Reaction

He goes on to say that he understand teleology in evolutionary terms. There is always a gap between how you characterise or individuate something, and what it actually is. To say spanners are 'a small subclass of tools' is not enough.