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Free Energy Pragmatics: Markov blankets don't prescribe objective ontology, and that's okay

Hipolito, Ines and va es, Thomas (2022) Free Energy Pragmatics: Markov blankets don't prescribe objective ontology, and that's okay. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In their impressive paper, Bruineberg et al. (2021) make a significant contribution to the Free Energy Principle literature by distinguishing between 'Pearl blankets' and 'Friston blankets', identifying the former as an epistemic tool, and the latter in terms of its novel metaphysical use. We note the oft-forgotten theoretical context of these statistical tools and the need for empirical testing next to computational modeling. A peculiar aspect of the FEP is its use in support of radically opposed ontologies of the mind. In our view, the objective ontological aspiration itself should be rejected; we propose a more thoroughly pragmatic instrumentalist view.


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Hipolito, Ineshipolito.ines@gmail.com0000-0001-6351-9975
va es, ThomasThomas.VanEs@uantwerpen.be0000-0002-4097-3566
Keywords: Free energy principle, ontology, pragmatics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: Ines Hipolito
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2022 04:43
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2022 04:43
Item ID: 20100
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Date: 1 January 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20100

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