Doing without representing?

  title={Doing without representing?},
  author={Andy Clark and Josefa Toribio},
Connectionism and classicism, it generally appears, have at least this much in common: both place some notion of internal representation at the heart of a scientific study of mind. In recent years, however, a much more radical view has gained increasing popularity. This view calls into question the commitment to internal representation itself. More strikingly still, this new wave of anti-representationalism is rooted not in ‘armchair’ theorizing but in practical attempts to model and understand… 

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  • F. Garzón
  • Psychology
    The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • 2008
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