Seminar #31: Non-representationalism in action
A Special Life and Mind Seminar
**(notice unusual day and time!)**
Monday, 4th Feb, 17:30. Room ENG1 AS01 (Engineering lecture theatre).
We’re very pleased to have Prof. Shaun Gallagher leading our next Life and Mind Seminar (the first of 2008).
As many of you know Shaun Gallagher is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, author of several important articles and books on embodied cognition, philosophy of mind, and phenomenology, and Chair and Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy and the Cognitive Sciences Program, University of Central Florida.
He will be speaking on:
Non-representationalism in action
Abstract: I examine the following question: Do actions require representations? Recent work by Mark Rowlands, Michael Wheeler, and Andy Clark suggests that actions may require a minimal form of representation. I argue that the various concepts of minimal representation on offer do not apply to action per se and that a non-representationalist account that focuses on dynamic systems of self-organizing continuous reciprocal causation at the subpersonal level is superior. I further recommend a scientific pragmatism regarding the concept of representation.