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Structural representations: causally relevant and different from detectors

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dc.contributor.author Gładziejewski, Paweł
dc.contributor.author Miłkowski, Marcin
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-06T09:18:03Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-06T09:18:03Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Biology & Philosophy vol. 32, 2017, pp. 337 - 355
dc.identifier.other DOI:10.1007/s10539-017-9562-6
dc.identifier.uri http://repozytorium.umk.pl/handle/item/5461
dc.description.abstract This paper centers around the notion that internal, mental representations are grounded in structural similarity, i.e., that they are so-called S-representations. We show how S-representations may be causally relevant and argue that they are distinct from mere detectors. First, using the neomechanist theory of explanation and the interventionist account of causal relevance, we provide a precise interpretation of the claim that in S-representations, structural similarity serves as a ‘‘fuel of success’’, i.e., a relation that is exploitable for the representation using system. Then, we discuss crucial differences between S-representations and indicators or detectors, showing that—contrary to claims made in the literature—there is an important theoretical distinction to be drawn between the two.
dc.description.sponsorship Narodowe Centrum Nauki, grant Fuga, UMO-2014/12/S/HS1/00343.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Springer
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Structural representation
dc.subject Mental models
dc.subject Interventionism about causation
dc.subject Mechanistic explanation
dc.subject Antirepresentationalism
dc.title Structural representations: causally relevant and different from detectors
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article


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