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Are Minimal Representations Still Representations?

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

Document Type: Research Article

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

Publication date: 01 July 2008

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