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Block, Ned (1942–)

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


American philosopher of mind and of psychology, Professor of Philosophy, New York University. Block is best known for a series of ingenious articles that criticize behaviorism and functionalism in the philosophy of mind and discuss related questions of images, qualia, consciousness, and causality. His thought experiments claim that we would not ascribe intelligence to computers whose human-like capacities can be explained without recourse to consciousness and experience. An influential article is “Trouble with Functionalism” in Savage (ed.), Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science , vol. IX: Perception and Cognition (1978). ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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