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A Defence of AI-Functionalism Against Brandom’s Arguments from Holism and the Frame Problem

  • Reiner Schaefer (a1)

ABSTRACT: Brandom argues that functionalism must ultimately fail because it will not be able to explain how we can holistically update our beliefs solely in terms of abilities possessed by non-linguistic things. In this paper I respond to this argument by arguing that non-linguistic animals encounter and overcome an analogous sort of holistic updating problem. I will also try to demystify holism and de-intellectualize language use/reasoning.

RÉSUMÉ: Brandom soutient que le fonctionnalisme doit ultimement échouer parce qu’il ne saurait expliquer comment nous pouvons actualiser nos croyances de façon holistique uniquement en termes de capacités possédées par des objets non linguistiques. Dans cet article, je réponds à cet argument en soutenant que les animaux non-linguistiques rencontrent et surmontent un problème semblable d’actualisation holistique. Je vais aussi tenter de démystifier le holisme et de désintellectualiser l’utilisation du langage et le raisonnement.

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Brandom Robert 1994 Making It Explicit: Reasoning, Representing, & Discursive Commitment. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
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Fodor Jerry 1987 “Modules, Frames, Fridgeons, Sleeping Dogs, & the Music of Spheres.” In The Robot’s Dilemma. Ed. Pylyshyn Zenon. Norwood: Ablex. pp.139149.
Shanahan Murry 2011 “The Frame Problem.” In The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Ed. Zalta Edward N.. Winter 2009 Edition. Web.
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Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review / Revue canadienne de philosophie
  • ISSN: 0012-2173
  • EISSN: 1759-0949
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