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Publication . Article . 2021

Multiple Realizability and Biological Modality

Rami Santeri Koskinen;
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English
Published: 20 Dec 2021 Journal: Philosophy of Science, volume 86, issue 5, pages 1,123-1,133 (issn: 0031-8248, eissn: 1539-767X, Copyright policy )
Abstract

Critics of multiple realizability have recently argued that we should concentrate solely on actual here-and-now realizations that are found in nature. The possibility of alternative, but unactualized, realizations is regarded as uninteresting because it is taken to be a question of pure logic or an unverifiable scenario of science fiction. However, in the biological context only a contingent set of realizations is actualized. Drawing on recent work on the theory of neutral biological spaces, the article shows that we can have ways of assessing the modal dimension of multiple realizability that do not have to rely on mere conceivability.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Modality (human–computer interaction) Cognitive science Multiple realizability Computer science

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History and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy, History

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Possible Life: The Philosophical Significance of Extending Biology
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 818772
  • Funding stream: H2020 | ERC | ERC-COG
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EC| LIFEMODE
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LIFEMODE
Possible Life: The Philosophical Significance of Extending Biology
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 818772
  • Funding stream: H2020 | ERC | ERC-COG
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