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(fŭnk'shŭn-ăl-izm),
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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Keywords: Eastern Partnership, European Union, Eurasian Union, CIS, European Neighborhood Policy, Russian Near Abroad, Dualistic Operational Model, Functionalist and Imperialist paradigms
In previous works, a number of translation scholars have sensed possible connections between functionalist theories and different aspects of the translation industry:
As Kripke notes, functionalists generally are the sort of people who would not want to assume that the brain is the invention of some god.
(22) Functionalist organizations dominate the landscape, with the accomplishments of NASA, almost all major corporations, and the vast majority of hard sciences embracing a functionalist outlook.
Through critical interpretation, I endeavor to show that his use of functionalist theory to construct a unified image of the social system with a relatively strong teleology toward integration is partly responsible for his confidence that society will respond powerfully to the destruction caused by markets.
(2.) Prominent functionalists are Putnam (1960, 1967, 1973), Fodor (1968), and Lewis (1972, 1980).
"Functionalist theories in sociology imply a social evolutionary mechanism" that explain the functions of each part of the society (Rodney, 2001:110).
All these government failures trace back to what functionalists take to be an essential feature of genuinely professional work.
The critical approach in HR includes at least three arguments: (a) the Human Resources area is predominantly functionalist and/or positivist; (b) the Human Resources area represents the essence of the power and control exercised by organizations; and (c) the International Human Resources' approach explains, in practice, the neo-colonialist movements of the multinationals.
We can choose to continue to use a Westphalian paradigm that assumes that the state is the exclusive source of authority, that assumes and institutionalizes a weak form of international law, and that fails to provide tools to address our most pressing international problems, or we can choose a more scientific and open-minded functionalist paradigm.
Here again, functionalists will differ; but Lynch himself thinks that truth is manifested by something like good old-fashioned correspondence by structural isomorphism when it comes to our thought and talk about medium-sized dry goods, and something stemming from Crispin Wright's notion of superassertability (what he eventually calls "concordance") when it comes to moral or otherwise evaluative discourse.
The central tradition in British social-democratic thought puts forward a 'functionalist' theory of social justice: income entitlement is properly linked to the performance of a productive function.

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