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Réduction fonctionnelle et réduction logique

Abstract : I read Kim as attributing to the emergentists a model of « logical reduction » in which the prediction or explanation of an occurrence of the reduced property requires, beyond information on the reducing level, only logical and mathematical principles. On the basis of this interpretation, I argue against two theses of Kim's. The first concerns the legitimacy of the emergentist model of reduction. I try to show by the example of the addition of masses that according to logical reduction certain properties which are clearly reducible come out as irreducible. The second is the thesis that functional reduction as construed by Kim satisfies the emergentist constraints on reduction. Functional reduction implies, over and above a functional definition of the reduced property, the indication of its realizers. But this information corresponding to the discovery of a (local) bridge law is empirical and not only logical.
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Submitted on : Wednesday, October 16, 2002 - 1:44:59 PM
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Max Kistler. Réduction fonctionnelle et réduction logique. Philosophiques, 2000, 27 (1), pp.27-38. ⟨ijn_00000191⟩



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