Functionalism And The Extended Mind Hypothesis Essay

1428 Words Oct 1st, 2016 6 Pages
Functionalism and the extended mind hypothesis
Philosophy of mind, is a topic which studies the different aspects in understanding how the mind works. One of the main questions for philosophy of mind, is how the physical (in this case the brain) interacts with the mental (the mind). When addressing the questions of how the mind and body interact with each other, and in what ways the mind works in general, there are many different propositions put forward to explain the interaction. Some of these arguments have very different outlooks on how this interaction takes place, and how the mind works. Whether everything is at the physical level, where mental states fit into everything, and what defines mental states are just some of the questions which philosophy of mind addresses. One of the theories (the identity theory) states that “types of mental states are identical to types of brain state” (Michaelian, 2016). But a problem with this theory, which I will examine, brings forth a new theory which is functionalism. In this essay, I will describe the problems with the identity theory. The problem which leads to functionalism, which I will then define and show how it solves the problem with the identity theory. Then I will explain the extended mind hypothesis, how it might be argued that functionalism implies the extended mind hypothesis, and show that the extended mind hypothesis does not give us a reason to reject functionalism, but that we should rethink our ideas of the mind,…

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