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Making Reification Concrete: A Response to Bruineberg et al.

Andrews, Mel (2022) Making Reification Concrete: A Response to Bruineberg et al. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The principal target of this article is the reification Bruineberg et al. perceive of formalism within the literature on the variational free energy minimisation (VFEM) framework. The authors do not provide a definition of reification, as none yet exists. Here I offer one. On this definition, the objects of the authors’ critiques fall short of full-blown reification—as do the authors themselves.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Andrews, Melandrewm7@mail.uc.edu0000-0002-0042-5098
Keywords: free energy principle, scientific models, scientific modelling, reification, idealization, mathematics, psychology, biology, neuroscience
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Computer Simulation
General Issues > Game Theory
Specific Sciences > Artificial Intelligence > Machine Learning
Specific Sciences > Mathematics
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Perception
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Psychology
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Mel Andrews
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2022 18:31
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2022 18:31
Item ID: 20095
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Computer Simulation
General Issues > Game Theory
Specific Sciences > Artificial Intelligence > Machine Learning
Specific Sciences > Mathematics
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Perception
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Psychology
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 6 January 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20095

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