Embodied Cognition Meets Multiple Realizability

Type Journal Article
Author Marcin Miłkowski
URL http://www.rivisteweb.it/doi/10.12832/92305
Rights ©2018 Società Editrice Il Mulino S.p.A.
Issue 2
Pages 349–364
Publication Reti, saperi, linguaggi
ISSN 2279-7777
Date 2018
DOI 10.12832/92305
Accessed 2019-02-12 11:21:14
Library Catalog mEDRA
Language en
Abstract It could be argued that computationalism presupposes multiple realizability of computation, while embodiment of cognitive agents is incompatible, or difficult to reconcile with multiple realizability. Thus, some proponents of embodied cognition could reject computationalism for this reason. This paper offers a reply: It is argued that computational systems are not fruitfully described as multiply realizable, and that the notion of organizational invariance captures the underlying intuitions better. But that notion also applies to embodied cognitive agents. Thus, the argument fails, but for a different reason than the one usually presupposed in the debate.

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