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The Functional Unity of Special Science Kinds
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
The view that special science properties are multiply realizable has been attacked in recent years by Shapiro, Bechtel and Mundale, Polger, and others. Focusing on psychological and neuroscientific properties, I argue that these attacks are unsuccessful. By drawing on interspecies physiological comparisons I show that diverse physical mechanisms can converge on common functional properties at multiple levels. This is illustrated with examples from the psychophysics and neuroscience of earlydoi:10.1093/bjps/axq026 fatcat:ioqi5tf32rcklag26poqxwiuci