News Update on Functionalism Research: May – 2019


Functionalism suggests that architects and designers take their point of departure from the function of the building or other object to be designed. But there is more to it. [1]

Functionalism, Mechanisms, and Levels of Reality

As a reaction to Putnam’s multiple-realization argument, many philosophers have tried to develop non-reductive physicalist theories during which the mental supervenes on its physical basis. Putnam himself presents a admirer interpretation of the mind analogous to the functions of the package in an exceedingly laptop. the matter with practicalism during this version is that it presupposes that it’s potential to simulate the mind no matter whether or not it is a biological or non-biological matter upon that the functional “software” [or algorithm] is enforced. Another non-reductive theory regards the mental to emerge from the mechanisms in operation within the brain. Seeing the mental as “emergent” from the physical not solely implies completely different levels of reality, rather like functionalism, however conjointly permits the likelihood of “downwards” effort during which events on the mental level might actively cause what happens on the physical level. instead, to deny such a clear stage makes the mental become a causally impotent by-product. The chapter concludes by rejecting the vertical perspective on the relation between the mental and therefore the physical, that this dialogue presupposes. [2]

Applying Structural-Functionalism and Post-Colonialism to Residential School Survivor Stories

Conducting a compare and contrast on the interviews of survivors from residential schools. I will be applying two anthropological theories (structural-functionalism and post-colonialism) to the interviews supplied by the Indian Horse and their #next150 Challenge. [3]

The dappled nature of causes of psychiatric illness: replacing the organic–functional/hardware–software dichotomy with empirically based pluralism

Our tendency to work out the planet of psychiatrical sickness in divided and opposing terms has 3 major sources: the philosophy of Descartes, the state of neuropathology in late nineteenth century Europe (when disorders were divided into those with and while not demonstrable pathology and labeled , severally, organic and functional), and therefore the authoritative construct of computer functionalism whereby the pc is viewed as a model for the human mind–brain system (brain=hardware, mind=software). These reciprocally re-enforcing dichotomies, that have had a pernicious influence on our field, create a transparent prediction regarding however ‘difference-makers’ (aka causative risk factors) for psychiatrical disorders ought to be distributed in nature. particularly, are psychiatrical disorders like our laptops, that once they disfunction, may be cleanly divided into those with code versus hardware problems? I propose eleven classes of difference-makers for psychiatrical sickness from genetics through culture and review their distribution in dementia praecox, major depression and alcohol dependence. In no case do these distributions tally that foreseen by the organic–functional/hardware–software categorisation. Instead, the causes of psychiatrical sickness are patterned, distributed wide across multiple classes. we must always abandon mathematician and computer-functionalism-based dichotomies as scientifically inadequate and an impediment to our ability to integrate the varied info regarding psychiatrical sickness our analysis has created. by trial and error primarily based school of thought provides a rigorous however patterned read of the etiology of psychiatrical sickness. Critically, it’s primarily based not on however we tend to want the planet to be however how the difference-makers for psychiatrical sickness are after all distributed. [4]

Corruption and the Challenge of Boko Haram Terrorism in Nigeria: A Case of the Nigerian Armed Forces

The study examines the extent to that corruption within the Federal Republic of Nigerian soldiers has been able to undermine the fight against Boko Haram act of terrorism in Nigeria. The study relied on the qualitative content analysis of secondary sources of information, and therefore the theory of structural functionalism was adopted because the tool of study for the study. A thrust through the evolution and acts of terror of Boko Haram in Federal Republic of Nigeria unconcealed that poorness, inequality, and corruption precipitated the increase of the sect which Abubakar Shekau adopted a a lot of extremist philosophy and approach for the sect when the death of Mahomet Yusuf in 2009. Since then it’s been mayhem for Nigeria; the sect accounting for over twenty,000 deaths and therefore the displacement of over one.3 million folks. The paper argued that corruption has eaten  deep into the Nigerian soldiers and has undermined the fight against Boko Haram through the larceny of defence appropriations, the acquisition of substandard instrumentation, the creation of faux defence contracts, and therefore the inaccessibility of supplying supports for and desertion of troopers on the frontline. The paper, therefore, recommends the adoption of real political can within the anti-graft war and therefore the strengthening of existing anti-graft agencies, the diligent observation of defence contracts and therefore the performance of offsets arrangements in defence contracts, the introduction of socio-economic authorisation programs to form employment for unemployed  youths significantly within the Northeast, and therefore the prompt provision of adequate military supply and complicated arms and ammunition for the troopers on the frontline. [5]


[1] Mollerup, P., 2019. Functionalism. (Web Link)

[2] Faye, J., 2019. Functionalism, Mechanisms, and Levels of Reality. In How Matter Becomes Conscious (pp. 183-223). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. (Web Link)

[3] Valcourt, V., 2019. Applying Structural-Functionalism and Post-Colonialism to Residential School Survivor Stories. MacEwan University Student Research Proceedings4(2). (Web Link)

[4] The dappled nature of causes of psychiatric illness: replacing the organic–functional/hardware–software dichotomy with empirically based pluralism

K S Kendler
Molecular Psychiatry volume17, pages377–388 (2012)(Web Link)

[5] Offiong Duke, O., David Agbaji, D. and Bassey, O. (2017) “Corruption and the Challenge of Boko Haram Terrorism in Nigeria: A Case of the Nigerian Armed Forces”, Asian Research Journal of Arts & Social Sciences, 4(2), pp. 1-20. doi: 10.9734/ARJASS/2017/34025. (Web Link)

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