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Representation Re-construed: Answering the Job Description Challenge with a Construal-based Notion of Natural Representation

Akagi, Mikio (2018) Representation Re-construed: Answering the Job Description Challenge with a Construal-based Notion of Natural Representation. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Many philosophers worry that cognitive scientists apply the concept REPRESENTATION too liberally. For example, William Ramsey argues that scientists often ascribe natural representations according to the “receptor notion,” a causal account with absurd consequences. I rehabilitate the receptor notion by augmenting it with a background condition: that natural representations are ascribed only to systems construed as organisms. This Organism-Receptor account rationalizes our existing conceptual practice, including the fact that scientists in fact reject Ramsey’s absurd consequences. The Organism-Receptor account raises some worrying questions, but as a more faithful characterization of scientific practice it is a better guide to conceptual reform.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Akagi, Mikiom.akagi@tcu.edu0000-0003-0996-487X
Keywords: Representation, cognitive science, construals
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Depositing User: Dr. Mikio Akagi
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2018 14:25
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2018 14:25
Item ID: 15200
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Date: 1 November 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15200

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