Are minimal representations still representations?
I examine the following question: Do actions require representations that are intrinsic to the action itself? 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 sub-personal level is superior. I further recommend a scientific pragmatism regarding the concept of representation.
International Journal of Philosophical Studies
Gallagher, S. (2008). Are minimal representations still representations?. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 16 (3), 351-369. https://doi.org/10.1080/09672550802113243