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Are Minimal Representations Still Representations?

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Abstract:

I examine the following question: Do actions require representations that are intrinsic to the action itself? Recent work by Mark Rowlands, Michael Wheeler, and Andy Clark suggests that actions may require a minimal form of representation. I argue that the various concepts of minimal representation on offer do not apply to action per se and that a non-representationalist account that focuses on dynamic systems of self-organizing continuous reciprocal causation at the sub-personal level is superior. I further recommend a scientific pragmatism regarding the concept of representation.

Keywords: action; action oriented representation; decoupleability; dynamic systems; pre-intentional act

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09672550802113243

Affiliations: University of Central Florida, USA,University of Hertfordshire, UK

Publication date: July 1, 2008

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