Anti-representationalism: not a well-founded theory of cognition

Michael D. Kirchhoff

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-34
Number of pages34
JournalRes Cogitans : journal of philosophy
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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