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What realism about agents requires

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 September 2022

Mark Sprevak*
School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK


Bruineberg et al. argue that the formal notion of a Markov blanket fails to provide a single principled boundary between an agent and its environment. I argue that one should not expect a general theory of agenthood to provide a single boundary; and the reliance on auxiliary assumptions is neither arbitrary nor reason to suspect instrumentalism.

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