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Definition of Functionalism

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belief that objects should be built to suit their purpose without decoration or unnecessary detail
Functionalism Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
Theological and Philosophical Biography and Dictionary
* (functional psychology)
Dictionary of Philosophy of Mind
The view that the physical realization of a functional component is not, in some sense, its essence. Rather, what makes a functional component the type it is, is characterized in terms of its role in relating inputs to outputs and its relations to other functional components. See multiple realizability , Turing machine , functionalism(2) , causal functionalism .
<Discussion > <References > Chris Eliasmith
An explanatory approach to behavior and the constitution of cognitive states that regards particular behaviors and cognitive structures and capacities as playing functional roles in particular domains or contexts. See also functionalism(1) , causal functionalism , explanation .
<Discussion > <References > Daniel Barbiero
Functionalism Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Sociology
A theoretical perspective that focuses on the way various parts of the social system contribute to the continuity of society as well as the affect the various parts have on one another.
Functionalism Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Functionalism may refer to:
  • Functionalism (architecture), the principle that architects should design a building based on the purpose of that building
  • Functionalism in international relations, a theory that arose during the inter-War period
  • Functionalism (philosophy of mind), a theory of the mind in contemporary philosophy
  • Functionalism versus intentionalism, a historiographical debate about the origins of the Holocaust
  • Structural functionalism, a theoretical tradition within sociology and anthropology

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Functionalism Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
WordNet 2.0

1. a psychology based on the assumption that all mental process are useful to an organism in adapting to the environment
(hypernym) scientific theory
(classification) psychology, psychological science
2. any doctrine that stresses utility or purpose
(hypernym) doctrine, philosophy, philosophical system, school of thought, ism