- Autori: Cali' Carmelo
- Anno di pubblicazione: 2020
- Tipologia: Voce (in dizionario o enciclopedia)
- OA Link: http://hdl.handle.net/10447/477046
Representation is a primitive notion of many philosophical theories and of cognitive science. It is assumed as an intuitively understandable label assigned to the functions by which a biological or an artificial agent takes part in the world in an epistemological or a behavioral manner. It is employed to define the conditions for the semantic individuation of the states of the agent. The notion of representation was introduced systematically in the Scholastics’ view of cognition. In modern philosophy, the term is often used as a verb. Representation becomes the function of a class of mental states. In contemporary philosophy, the debate over the semantic individuation of states is intertwined with biology and cognitive science.