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Cognitive science meets the mark of the cognitive: Putting the horse before the cart

Gough, Joe (2022) Cognitive science meets the mark of the cognitive: Putting the horse before the cart. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Among those living systems, which are cognizers? Among the behaviours of, and causes of behaviour in,
living systems, which are cognitive? Such questions sit at the heart of a sophisticated, ongoing debate, of
which the recent papers by Corcoran, Pezzulo, and Hohwy (2020) and Sims and Kiverstein (2021) serve
as excellent examples. I argue that despite their virtues, both papers suffer from flawed conceptions of
the point of the debate. This leaves their proposals ill-motivated — good answers to the wrong question.
Additionally, their proposals are unfit to serve the legitimate roles for characterizations of cognition.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Gough, Joejoseph.f.gough@durham.ac.uk0000-0003-2591-5744
Keywords: Expected free energy; mark of the cognitive; cognition; cognitive science; counterfactual cognition
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Natural Kinds
Depositing User: Mr Joseph Gough
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2022 17:51
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2022 17:51
Item ID: 21415
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Natural Kinds
Date: 11 November 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21415

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