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Scientific realism about Friston blankets without literalism

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Bruineberg and colleagues' critique of Friston blankets relies on what we call the literalist fallacy: the assumption that in order for Friston blankets to represent real boundaries, biological systems must literally possess or instantiate Markov blankets. We argue that it is important to distinguish a realist view of Friston blankets from the literalist view of Bruineberg and colleagues' critique.

Publication Date


  • 2022

Citation


  • Kiverstein, J., & Kirchhoff, M. (2022). Scientific realism about Friston blankets without literalism. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 45. doi:10.1017/S0140525X22000267

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85138928412

Web Of Science Accession Number


Volume


  • 45

Issue


Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • Bruineberg and colleagues' critique of Friston blankets relies on what we call the literalist fallacy: the assumption that in order for Friston blankets to represent real boundaries, biological systems must literally possess or instantiate Markov blankets. We argue that it is important to distinguish a realist view of Friston blankets from the literalist view of Bruineberg and colleagues' critique.

Publication Date


  • 2022

Citation


  • Kiverstein, J., & Kirchhoff, M. (2022). Scientific realism about Friston blankets without literalism. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 45. doi:10.1017/S0140525X22000267

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85138928412

Web Of Science Accession Number


Volume


  • 45

Issue


Place Of Publication