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Authors: Anderson, Michael L.
Title: Functional attributions and functional architecture : a reply to Axel Kohler
Online publication date: 8-Nov-2016
Language: english
Abstract: In his commentary (Kohler this collection) on my target article (Anderson this collection), Axel Kohler suggests that componential mechanism (Craver 2008) in fact suffices as a framework for understanding function-structure relationships, even in complex cases such as direction selectivity in Starburst Amacrine Cells. Here I’ll argue that while Kohler is correct that the framework can accommodate such cases, this approach misses an opportunity to draw important distinctions between what appear to be different sorts of relationships between functioning systems and the mechanisms in virtue of which they function. I tentatively suggest further that the avenue that one prefers may turn on whether one expects the functional architecture of the brain to be primarily componential and hierarchical (Craver 2008; this collection) or typically more complex than that (Pessoa 2014).
DDC: 100 Philosophie
100 Philosophy
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 05 Philosophie und Philologie
Place: Mainz
URN: urn:nbn:de:hebis:77-publ-551081
Version: Published version
Publication type: Buchbeitrag
License: in Copyright
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Citation: Open MIND
Metzinger, Thomas
Pages or article number: Kap. 1(R)
Publisher: MIND Group
Publisher place: Frankfurt am Main
Issue date: 2015
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Publisher DOI: 10.15502/9783958570757
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