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Representational Enactivism

Zhang, Zhexi (2022) Representational Enactivism. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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In the literature on enactive approaches to cognition, representationalism is often seen as a rival theory. In this paper, I argue that enactivism can be fruitfully combined with representationalism by adopting Frances Egan’s content pragmatism. This representational enactivism avoids some of the problems faced by anti-representational versions of enactivism. Most significantly, representational enactivism accommodates empirical evidence that neural systems manipulate representations. In addition, representational enactivism provides a valuable insight into how to identify representational content, especially in brainless organisms: we can identify representational content by investigating autopoietic processes.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Zhang, Zhexizzazhang@ucdavis.edu
Keywords: Enactivism, Representationalism, Content Pragmatism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Depositing User: Mr. Zhexi Zhang
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2022 23:34
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2022 23:34
Item ID: 21176
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Date: 18 September 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21176

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