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Content and action: The guidance theory of representation

By Dr. Gregg Rosenberg and Dr. Michael L. Anderson


The current essay introduces the guidance theory of representation, according to which the content and intentionality of representations can be accounted for in terms of the way they provide guidance for action. We offer a brief account of the biological origins of representation, a formal characterization of the guidance theory, some examples of its use, and show how the guidance theory handles some traditional problem cases for representation: the problems of error and of representation of fictional and abstract entities

Topics: Philosophy of Language, Animal Cognition, Evolution, Philosophy of Mind, Artificial Intelligence
Year: 2004
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