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A branch of psychology concerned with the function of mental processes in humans and animals, especially the role of the mind, intellect, emotions, and behavior in an individual's adaptation to the environment. Compare: structuralism.
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Breivik discusses functionalism as a backdrop for his study in "The Concept of Musical Functionalism," beginning on page 65.
In this brief exposition, (4) I describe the existing paradigm, explain what I see as the growing pressure on this paradigm and the multiplication of exceptions, propose a social science functionalist paradigm, and explain the worldview implications of functionalism.
On the other, it is Redefining Functionalism, a footnoted text that seeks to define a larger architectural agenda.
Functionalism: Functionalism accounts for mental states by focusing on manifestations such as beliefs, desires, and emotions, looking at consciousness as the interaction of functional processes, rather than seeking explanation by referring to physical media such as neurons ("Functionalism [Philosophy of Mind]"))
The jewel in the crown of the dock system, it appeals through its monumental scale and blend of austere classicism and functionalism, says Joseph Sharples, in the Liverpool Pevsner guide.
An influential doctrine in the philosophy of mind, congruent not only with neurobiology but with cognitive psychology and computer science, is computer functionalism.
Theoretical perspectives ranging from functionalism to Marxism have been invoked for this purpose.
From these ideas branch philosophies such as functionalism and cognitivism.
presents George Steiner's Real Presences (1989) as witnessing to a mutuality between experience and language, while he rejects Steiner's theological functionalism wherein God is the guarantor of a correspondence between language and reality.
Many of the new cars on the market are attempts to convey a punk-rock attitude with functionalism.
The concept of affordances in development: The renascence of functionalism.
This theology reinforces a politics of functionalism that perpetuates theocapitalism, a rhetoric of efficiency that gives the impression of resource maximization, and a hermeneutics of plasticity that stretches to include any interpretation of theocapitalism's materials.