Does Neuroplasticity Support the Hypothesis of Multiple Realizability?

Amber Maimon, Meir Hemmo

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It is commonly maintained that neuroplastic mechanisms in the brain provide empirical support for the hypothesis of multiple realizability. We show in various case studies that neuroplasticity stems from preexisting mechanisms and processes inherent in the neural (or biochemical) structure of the brain. We argue that not only does neuroplasticity fail to provide empirical evidence of multiple realization, its inability to do so strengthens the mind-body identity theory. Finally, we argue that a recently proposed identity theory called Flat Physicalism can be enlisted to explain the current state of the mind-body problem more adequately.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhilosophy of Science
StateE-pub ahead of print - 8 Jul 2020


  • neuroplasticity
  • multiple realizability
  • multiple realization
  • mind-body problem
  • identity theory
  • reductive physicalism
  • flat physicalism
  • mind-body identity


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