Meaning of FUNCTIONALISM in English

The view that the physical realization of a functional component is not, in some sense, its essence. Rather, what makes a functional component the type it is, is characterized in terms of its role in relating inputs to outputs and its relations to other functional components. See multiple realizability , Turing machine , functionalism(2) , causal functionalism .

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English dictionary of philosophy of mind.      Английский словарь философии сознания.