publication . Article . 2007

Beyond persons: extending the personal/subpersonal distinction to non-rational animals and artificial agents

Manuel de Pinedo-Garcia; Jason Noble;
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  • Published: 26 Jun 2007
  • Country: United States
Abstract
The distinction between personal level explanations and subpersonal ones has been subject to much debate in philosophy. We understand it as one between explanations that focus on an agent’s interaction with its environment, and explanations that focus on the physical or computational enabling conditions of such an interaction. The distinction, understood this way, is necessary for a complete account of any agent, rational or not, biological or artificial. In particular, we review some recent research in Artificial Life that pretends to do completely without the distinction, while using agent-centered concepts all the way. It is argued that the rejection of agent...
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free text keywords: Philosophy, History and Philosophy of Science, General Agricultural and Biological Sciences, Eliminative materialism, Direct and indirect realism, Philosophy of biology, Epistemology, Mechanism (philosophy), Philosophy of mind, Dilemma, Externalism, Artificial life
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publication . Article . 2007

Beyond persons: extending the personal/subpersonal distinction to non-rational animals and artificial agents

Manuel de Pinedo-Garcia; Jason Noble;