Book Review: Jeff Buechner, Gödel, Putnam, and Functionalism: A New Reading of Representation and Reality, MIT 2008

Year
2014
Volume 15
Issue 3
Pages
391-402
Authors
Witold M. Hensel & Marcin Miłkowski
Abstract
The paper is a critical review of the book Gödel, Putnam, and Functionalism: A New Reading of Representation and Reality by Jeff Buechner, which is a defense of computational functionalism against arguments formulated by Putnam, Searle, Fodor, Lucas and others. Buechner, after having meticulously analyzed these arguments, concludes that all of them fail to show that computational functionalism is not a viable strategy to model the mind in cognitive science. As such, it is a defense of a mathematically-informed version of computational functionalism. We discuss Beuchner’s strategy in quite a bit of detail and make some comments.

Key words: computationalism, functionalism, Gödel, Putnam