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Active inference, enactivism and the hermeneutics of social cognition

Gallagher, S; Allen, M; (2016) Active inference, enactivism and the hermeneutics of social cognition. Synthese 10.1007/s11229-016-1269-8. Green open access

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Abstract

We distinguish between three philosophical views on the neuroscience of predictive models: predictive coding (associated with internal Bayesian models and prediction error minimization), predictive processing (associated with radical connectionism and ‘simple’ embodiment) and predictive engagement (associated with enactivist approaches to cognition). We examine the concept of active inference under each model and then ask how this concept informs discussions of social cognition. In this context we consider Frith and Friston’s proposal for a neural hermeneutics, and we explore the alternative model of enactivist hermeneutics.

Type: Article
Title: Active inference, enactivism and the hermeneutics of social cognition
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s11229-016-1269-8
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11229-016-1269-8
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2016 Open AccessThis article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Predictive coding; Free energy principle; Active inference; Social cognition; EnactivismHermeneutics
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1542356
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