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Anti-representationalism: Not a Well-founded Theory of Cognition

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Abstract


  • This article argues for the conclusion that anti-representationalism in the cognitive

    sciences is not a well-founded theory of cognition. This conclusion is supported by the observation

    that the link between the sceptical demonstrations and the anti-representational conclusion is too

    weak for the demonstrations to justify anti-representationalism in general. Rather than denying the

    need for internal representation, this article aim to establish that representational explanation -

    reconstructed within a dynamical agent-environment characterization - serves a necessary epistemic

    and ontological aim: It enables us to demarcate activities that presuppose intentionality and

    behavioral autonomy from activities that are merely reactive and situation-determined.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Kirchhoff, M. 2011, ''Anti-representationalism: Not a Well-founded Theory of Cognition'', Res Cogitans: Journal of Philosophy, vol. 2, no. 7, pp. 1-34.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2006&context=artspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/987

Number Of Pages


  • 33

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 34

Volume


  • 2

Issue


  • 7

Place Of Publication


  • Denmark

Abstract


  • This article argues for the conclusion that anti-representationalism in the cognitive

    sciences is not a well-founded theory of cognition. This conclusion is supported by the observation

    that the link between the sceptical demonstrations and the anti-representational conclusion is too

    weak for the demonstrations to justify anti-representationalism in general. Rather than denying the

    need for internal representation, this article aim to establish that representational explanation -

    reconstructed within a dynamical agent-environment characterization - serves a necessary epistemic

    and ontological aim: It enables us to demarcate activities that presuppose intentionality and

    behavioral autonomy from activities that are merely reactive and situation-determined.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Kirchhoff, M. 2011, ''Anti-representationalism: Not a Well-founded Theory of Cognition'', Res Cogitans: Journal of Philosophy, vol. 2, no. 7, pp. 1-34.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2006&context=artspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/987

Number Of Pages


  • 33

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 34

Volume


  • 2

Issue


  • 7

Place Of Publication


  • Denmark