This article argues for the conclusion that anti-representationalism in the cognitive sciences is not a well-founded theory of cognition. This conclusion is supported by the observation that the link between the sceptical demonstrations and the anti-representational conclusion is too weak for the demonstrations to justify anti-representationalism in general. Rather than denying the need for internal representation, this article aim to establish that representational explanation - reconstructed within a dynamical agent-environment characterization - serves a necessary epistemic and ontological aim: It enables us to demarcate activities that presuppose intentionality and behavioral autonomy from activities that are merely reactive and situation-determined.
|Number of pages||34|
|Journal||Res Cogitans : journal of philosophy|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|