homuncular functionalism

homuncular functionalism
An intelligent system, or mind, may fruitfully be thought of as the result of a number of sub-systems performing more simple tasks in co-ordination with each other. The sub-systems may be envisaged as homunculi, or small, relatively stupid agents. The archetype is a digital computer, where a battery of switches capable of only one response (on or off) can make up a machine that can play chess, write dictionaries, etc.

Philosophy dictionary. . 2011.

Игры ⚽ Поможем написать курсовую

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Functionalism (philosophy of mind) — Functionalism is a theory of the mind in contemporary philosophy, developed largely as an alternative to both the identity theory of mind and behaviourism. Its core idea is that mental states (beliefs, desires, being in pain, etc.) are… …   Wikipedia

  • functionalism — In the philosophy of mind, functionalism is the modern successor to behaviourism . Its early advocates were Putnam and Sellars, and its guiding principle is that we can define mental states by a triplet of relations: what typically causes them,… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • List of philosophy topics (D-H) — DDaDai Zhen Pierre d Ailly Jean Le Rond d Alembert John Damascene Damascius John of Damascus Peter Damian Danish philosophy Dante Alighieri Arthur Danto Arthur C. Danto Arthur Coleman Danto dao Daodejing Daoism Daoist philosophy Charles Darwin… …   Wikipedia

  • William Lycan — Infobox Philosopher region = Western Philosophy era = 20th century philosophy color = #B0C4DE image caption = name = William G. Lycan birth = September 26, 1945 death = | school tradition = analytic philosophy main interests = philosophy of… …   Wikipedia

  • homunculus — A small person. A bad idea in the philosophy of mind is to explain a person s agency, or intelligence, or experience, as if there were a smaller agent, or intelligent thing, or experiencing subject ‘inside the head’. But homuncular functionalism… …   Philosophy dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”