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The difference between empirical and analytic approaches to mind-to-matter reductionism is explained and examplified.

What is the difference between empirical (metodological) and analytic (logical) reductions of mental phenomena?

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1. The difference

Empirical, also called 'metodological', reductive approaches stress the primacy of the role played by the methodology of hard sciences, like physics or chemistry, in the elaboration of a reductive theory of mental phenomena.

Analytical, also called 'logical', reductive approaches are theories of the meaning of mentalistic terms, like 'sensation' or 'belief', which usually ...