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Cognition as the sensitive management of an agent's behavior

Akagi, Mikio (2021) Cognition as the sensitive management of an agent's behavior. Philosophical Psychology. ISSN 0951-5089

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Abstract

Cognitive science is unusual in that cognitive scientists have dramatic disagreements about the extension of their object of study, cognition. This paper defends a novel analysis of the scientific concept of cognition: that cognition is the sensitive management of an agent’s behavior. This analysis is “modular,” so that its extension varies depending on how one interprets certain of its constituent terms. I argue that these variations correspond to extant disagreements between cognitive scientists. This correspondence is evidence that the proposed analysis models the contemporary understanding of cognition among scientists, without artificially resolving questions that are currently considered open.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Akagi, Mikiom.akagi@tcu.edu0000-0003-0996-487X
Additional Information: Accepted version, before final proofing. Please cite the published version in Philosophical Psychology when available.
Keywords: Cognition; Cognitive science; Analysis; Embodied cognition; Extended cognition; Mark of the cognitive.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
General Issues > Natural Kinds
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Dr. Mikio Akagi
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2021 05:06
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2021 05:06
Item ID: 19976
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophical Psychology
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/09515089.2021.2014802
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
General Issues > Natural Kinds
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 31 May 2021
ISSN: 0951-5089
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19976

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