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Deflationary Realism: Representation and Idealisation in Cognitive Science

Coelho Mollo, Dimitri (2020) Deflationary Realism: Representation and Idealisation in Cognitive Science. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Debate on the nature of representation in cognitive systems tends to oscillate between robustly realist views and various anti-realist options. I defend an alternative view, deflationary realism, which sees cognitive representation as an offshoot of the extended application to cognitive systems of an explanatory model whose primary domain is public representation use. This extended application, justified by a common explanatory target, embodies idealisations, partial mismatches between model and reality. By seeing representation as part of an idealised model, deflationary realism avoids the problems with robust realist views, whilst keeping allegiance to realism.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Coelho Mollo, Dimitridimitri.coelhomollo@hu-berlin.de0000-0002-0464-3535
Additional Information: Submitted manuscript. The accepted version is forthcoming in Mind & Language.
Keywords: Cognitive Representation; Naturalising Intentionality; Scientific Models; Deflationary Realism; Idealisation; Indeterminacy of Content
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dimitri Coelho Mollo
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2020 01:04
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2020 01:04
Item ID: 17591
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: June 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17591

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