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The Multiple Realization Book

Thomas W. Polger and Lawrence A. Shapiro


Since Hilary Putnam offered multiple realization as an empirical hypothesis in the 1960s, philosophical consensus has turned against the idea that mental processes could be identified with brain processes, and multiple realization has become the keystone of the “antireductive consensus” across philosophy of science broadly. Polger and Shapiro offer the first book-length investigation of multiple realization. Their analysis of multiple realization serves as a starting point to a series of philosophically sophisticated and empirically informed arguments that cast doubt on the abundance of multip ... More

Keywords: multiple realization, identity, cognitive science, antireductionism, functionalism, reductionism, mind-brain identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198732891
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732891.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas W. Polger, author
University of Cincinnati

Lawrence A. Shapiro, author
University of Wisconsin-Madison