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Evolving EnactivismBasic Minds Meet Content$
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Daniel D. Hutto and Erik Myin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036115

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036115.001.0001

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(p.147) 7 Perceiving
Evolving Enactivism

Daniel D. Hutto

Erik Myin

The MIT Press

Chapter 7 begins to puts REC positive story into action. It opens by questioning the value of appealing to a priori intuitions in trying to understand the character of perceiving. Focusing on explanatory concerns, it revisits Predictive Processing or PPC proposals about perceiving and defuses arguments that the explanatory punch of PPC requires characterizing perceptual processes and products in representational terms. Instead the chapter shows how REC can successfully appropriate the main apparatus of PPC to explain perception. It demonstrates that mental representations are not needed to explain how intramodal and intermodal forms of perceiving integrate. The chapter concludes by showing how contentless forms of perceiving can connect with contentful attitudes, enabling us to make sense of a range of perceptual phenomena – including our capacity to attune to optical effects and the ways in which we respond to visual illusions.

Keywords:   Predictive Processing account of Cognition; PPC, Bayesian Inference, Multimodal sensory integration, Interface between perception and judgment, Visual Illusions, Carpentered-Environment Hypothesis

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