Thinking through drawing

  title={Thinking through drawing},
  author={Lorenzo Magnani},
  journal={The Knowledge Engineering Review},
  pages={303 - 326}
  • L. Magnani
  • Published 30 July 2013
  • Philosophy
  • The Knowledge Engineering Review
Abstract The concept of manipulative abduction is devoted to capture the role of action in many interesting cognitive situations: action provides otherwise unavailable information that enables the agent to solve problems by starting and performing a suitable abductive process of generation or selection of hypotheses. We observe that many external things, usually inert from an epistemological point of view, can be transformed into epistemic mediators. I will present some details derived from the… 
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