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Deflationary realism: Representation and idealisation in cognitive science
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Exzellenzcluster Science of Intelligence & Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Berlin, Germany; Institut für Philosophie, Berlin, Germany.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0464-3535
2021 (English)In: Mind and language, ISSN 0268-1064, E-ISSN 1468-0017Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

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, while keeping allegiance to realism.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2021.
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cognitive representation, deflationary realism, idealisation, indeterminacy of content, naturalising intentionality, scientific models
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Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-193492DOI: 10.1111/mila.12364ISI: 000653270900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85106265961OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-193492DiVA, id: diva2:1649716
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German Research Foundation (DFG)Available from: 2022-04-04 Created: 2022-04-04 Last updated: 2022-04-06

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