Sub-type Laws, Trigger, and Reduction

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Sub-type laws, which figure in maintaining the necessity of reduction while keeping the non-physical concept substantial and not only pragmatic, recently has been deemed to be a new argument for the unity of science. The central idea relies on the nomological co-extension between physical and complex entities which is linked by intra-theoretic token-token relation of local configurations. It is argued that this framework enables functionalism to be immune from the epiphenomenal-eliminative dilemma because it cancels the alleged role of multiple references as the non-reductive argument and the consequence of reduction as eliminative. However, by repudiating the task of triggers in conditioning causal power and its circumstance and setting aside theoretical identity in reduction and impossibility of law-like generalization ensuing from multiple references in providing the abstract laws of special sciences, admittedly, the first attempts of incorporating sub-type laws into the foundation of science seem ungrounded in the face of physical eliminativism. That being said, sub-type laws are arguably beneficial on the future debate of reductionism since it captures the domain where reduction might be satisfied without being eliminative in principle and, therefore, it appeals for significant reconstruction. Elaborating the account, the lecture will be run with these divisions:
1. Ontological presuppositions of the first sub-type laws: Esfeld proposal;
2. Sub-type laws, generalization, and the demand for the trigger;
3. Sub-type laws and other reductionist programs

by Banin D. Sukmono (Director and Head of Metaphysics and Science at Ze-No) | Yogyakarta | 03, 10, and 17 March 2019
Time: 15.00 – 17.00 WIB
Venue: Sengkan RT 07 RW 059 Gang Nakula no 16 Joho Condongcatur, Depok, Sleman Yogyakarta 55281 (Ze-No Office)