Representational Content and the Reciprocal Interplay of Agent and Environment

  • Tibor Bosse
  • Catholijn M. Jonker
  • Jan Treur
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3476)


Declarative modelling approaches in principle assume a notion of representation or representational content for the modelling concepts. The notion of representational content as discussed in literature in cognitive science and philosophy of mind shows complications as soon as agent and environment have an intense reciprocal interaction. In such cases an internal agent state is affected by the way in which internal and external aspects are interwoven during (ongoing) interaction. In this paper it is shown that the classical correlational approach to representational content is not applicable, but the temporalinteractivist approach is. As this approach involves more complex temporal relationships, formalisation was used to define specifications of the representational content more precisely. These specifications have been validated by automatically checking them on traces generated by a simulation model. Moreover, by mathematical proof it was shown how these specifications are entailed by the basic local properties.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tibor Bosse
    • 1
  • Catholijn M. Jonker
    • 1
  • Jan Treur
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Artificial IntelligenceVrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUtrecht UniversityUtrecht

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