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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 Last Stand

CIC’s Last Stand

(p.107) 6 CIC’s Last Stand
Radicalizing Enactivism

Daniel D. Hutto

Erik Myin

The MIT Press

Maximally minimal intellectualism is the most modest, the least expensive, and the most plausible Content Involving Cognition (CIC) proposal. It would convert into Radical Enactive Cognition (REC) if it only abandoned the idea that perception possesses content that is essentially nonconceptual, trading that thought for the idea that perceiving is contentless. It is the position to beat. For this reason, examination of its chances of successfully motivating a need for and delivering on the promise of a theory of perceptual content provides the ideal means of framing and focusing on the pivotal questions: Are there any compelling grounds for thinking that perceiving is essentially representational? If so, what are they? This chapter considers the most promising current strategies for addressing these questions and finds them wanting. It concludes that there is, as yet, nothing on offer from the friends of CIC that should persuade us that perceiving cannot be, and in fact is not, contentless.

Keywords:   maximally minimal intellectualism, Content Involving Cognition, Radical Enactive Cognition, content, perception

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