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Doing without representation: coping with Dreyfus

Webber, J. (2002) Doing without representation: coping with Dreyfus. Philosophical Explorations, 5 (1). pp. 82-88. ISSN 1741-5918


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Hubert Dreyfus argues that the traditional and currently dominant conception of an action, as an event initiated or governed by a mental representation of a possible state of affairs that the agent is trying to realise, is inadequate. If Dreyfus is right, then we need a new conception of action. I argue, however, that the considerations that Dreyfus adduces show only that an action need not be initiated or governed by a conceptual representation, but since a representation need not be conceptually structured, do not show that we need a conception of action that does not involve representation.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2002 Taylor & Francis Ltd. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Philosophical Explorations.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > Department of Philosophy (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 23 May 2006
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2014 06:45
Status: Published
Publisher: Routledge
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1215

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