functionalism

Definitions of functionalism
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n any doctrine that stresses utility or purpose

Type of:
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought
a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school

n a psychology based on the assumption that all mental process are useful to an organism in adapting to the environment

Type of:
scientific theory
a theory that explains scientific observations

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