Virtual Machines: Nonreductionist Bridges Between the Functional and the Physical


Collection: Cognitive Systems Monographs
Publisher: Springer
Pages: 89--105

Scheutz, Matthias

Various notions of supervenience have been proposed as a solution to the "mind-body problem" to account for the dependence of mental states on their realizing physical states. In this chapter, we view the mind-body problem as an instance of the more general problem of how a virtual machine (VM) can be implemented in other virtual or physical machines. We propose a formal framework for defining virtual machine architectures and how they are composed of interacting functional units. The aim is to define a rich notion of implementation that can ultimately show how virtual machines defined in different ontologies can be related by way of implementing one virtual machine in another virtual (or physical) machine without requiring that the ontology in which the implemented VM is defined to be reducible to the ontology of the implementing VM.

  title={Virtual Machines: Nonreductionist Bridges Between the Functional and the Physical},
  author={Scheutz, Matthias},
  booktitle={Cognitive Systems Monographs},