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The Self‐Consciousness Argument: Functionalism and the Corruption of Content

George Bealer

in The Waning of Materialism

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199556182
eISBN:
9780191721014
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556182.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter targets functionalism as the most cogent form of contemporary materialism. In particular, it takes aim at ‘ontic’ or reductive functionalism: a theory that attempts to specify the ... More


Functional and Procedural Definitions of Art

Stephen Davies

in Philosophical Perspectives on Art

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199202423
eISBN:
9780191708541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202423.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter explores two approaches to the definition of art. Functional definitions usually argue that art has the defining purpose of rewarding an aesthetic interest. Procedural or institutional ... More


The Notion of Subordination

Sonia Cristofaro

in Subordination

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199282005
eISBN:
9780191719271
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282005.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter discusses previous approaches to the notion of subordination and proposes a cognitive definition of subordination. Topics covered include the background to the problem, the Continuum ... More


How to Define Theoretical Terms

David Lewis

in Philosophical Papers Volume I

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195032048
eISBN:
9780199833382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195032047.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Lewis defends an account of the role of theoretical terms in scientific theories. Drawing on the work of Ramsey and Carnap, Lewis advocates the view that theoretical terms are implicitly defined by ... More


Reflections on the Concept of Religion

Detlef Pollack and Gergely Rosta

in Religion and Modernity: An International Comparison

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198801665
eISBN:
9780191840302
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198801665.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

There is no definition of religion that is universally valid and generally accepted in religious studies. Increasing numbers of scholars of religion see the attempt to define religion as doomed to ... More


Defining Religion

Steve Bruce

in Researching Religion: Why We Need Social Science

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198786580
eISBN:
9780191828904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198786580.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Religious Studies

We cannot explain if we cannot identify what needs explaining. This chapter challenges the idea that religion is particularly difficult to define. It demonstrates that what are often called ... More


Control Information: The Missing Element in Norbert Wiener's Cybernetic Paradigm?

Peter A. Corning

in Holistic Darwinism: Synergy, Cybernetics, and the Bioeconomics of Evolution

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226116136
eISBN:
9780226116334
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226116334.003.0015
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter proposes the concept of control information relevant to biological evolution. Control information is an attribute of the relationships between things and is defined as the capacity to ... More


Family and Family Law: Concepts and Norms

David Archard

in Philosophical Foundations of Children's and Family Law

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780198786429
eISBN:
9780191828690
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198786429.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

Much contemporary writing on ‘family’ and ’family law’ cites extensive changes to the family as evidence that the very concept of the ‘family’ is redundant, or that the family has disappeared. ... More


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