Arguing about representation

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Abstract

The question of whether cognition requires representations has engendered heated discussion during the last two decades. I shall argue that the question is, in all likelihood, a spurious one. There may or may not be a fact of the matter concerning whether a given item qualifies as a representation. However, even if there is, attempts to establish whether cognition requires representation have neither practical nor theoretical utility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4215-4232
Number of pages18
JournalSynthese
Volume194
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017

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Keywords

  • Causation
  • Decouplability
  • Etiology
  • Information
  • Normativity
  • Representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences(all)

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