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Radicalizing EnactivismBasic Minds without Content$
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Daniel D. Hutto and Erik Myin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262018548

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262018548.001.0001

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CIC’s Retreat

CIC’s Retreat

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Radicalizing Enactivism

Daniel D. Hutto

Erik Myin

The MIT Press

This chapter lays out the options for those who plan to fall back on perception, invoking this strategy to preserve Content Involving Cognition (CIC). In particular, it reveals why adopting a hyperintellectualist position is of no avail. Apart from assuming that perceptual experience is inherently contentful, hyperintellectualists also assume that it depends on a great deal of background representational activity. These latter commitments inherit the problems of the discredited CIC accounts—those examined and dismissed in Chapter 4. Nevertheless, all of the commitments that make hyperintellectualism “hyper” can be rejected in favor of a minimal intellectualism—one that skirts the crippling Hard Problem of Content while remaining a solid CIC proposal about perceptual experience. The chapter considers how those who want to defend CIC in this domain might go even lower, adopting maximally minimal intellectualism—the most modest and credible CIC view of how perceptual experience might be essentially contentfully representational.

Keywords:   perception, Content Involving Cognition, hyperintellectualism, minimal intellectualism, perceptual experience

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