Universität Wien FIND

180215 PS Multiple Realization (2020W)

Reductionism and Beyond

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 45 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Teaching and course assignments will take place online as long as the Covid-19 crisis continues.

Mittwoch 14.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Mittwoch 21.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Mittwoch 28.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Mittwoch 04.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Mittwoch 11.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Mittwoch 18.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Mittwoch 25.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Mittwoch 02.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Mittwoch 09.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Mittwoch 16.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Mittwoch 13.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Mittwoch 20.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Mittwoch 27.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The multiple realizability thesis, as introduced by Hilary Putnam in the 1960's and later developed by other philosophers, has become one of the most influential antireductionist arguments in contemporary analytic philosophy. However, its validity has recently been contested on several fronts. The course surveys and critically examines the history and recent debates surrounding multiple realizability. The aim is to use this rich argumentative context to assess question related not only to reductionism, but also further topics in the philosophy of mind, metaphysics and philosophy of science, including modality, explanation and the nature and testing of philosophical theories.

Methods include close reading and critical discussion of the literature (concepts, themes, arguments), written reflections and Q&A of the articles in Moodle, and a thesis-oriented essay.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

1. Active participation to the seminar, including e-learning assignments (30%)
2. Moodle Q&A before each meeting, including e-learning assignments (30%)
3. A thesis-oriented essay at the end of the seminar (40%)

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

1. Active participation to the seminar (80% minimum).
2. Readings and assignments: Weekly readings before the classes accompanied by a discussion board in Moodle where each student should contribute before weekly deadlines.
3. A short thesis-oriented final essay in English on a topic relevant to the course readings (c. 2000 words). Further instructions will be provided in Moodle.



Thomas Polger & Lawrence Shapiro, The Multiple Realization Book, OUP 2016. Selected journal articles (accessed through Moodle).

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Fr 12.05.2023 00:18