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Aristotle, autonomy and the explanation of behaviour
Intelligent Systems Research Centre, University of Ulster, Derry, United Kingdom.
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
2007 (English)In: Pragmatics & Cognition, ISSN 0929-0907, Vol. 15, no 3, 547-571 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines Aristotle’s notion of autonomy and its implication for the mechanicism/autonomy debate. We introduce the basic principles of Aristotle’s scientific framework, including his theory of four causes for the explanation of nature. We draw parallels between these notions of autonomy and causation and autopoietic theory, dynamical systems and robotics, suggesting that they may be compatible with Aristotle’s framework. We argue that understanding the problem of design of autonomous robots may benefit from the consideration of integration of Aristotle’s causes, while robotics, in turn, may contribute to the debate providing a common ground for epistemological and ontological notions of autonomy

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John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2007. Vol. 15, no 3, 547-571 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-1455DOI: 10.1075/pc.15.3.09perScopus ID: 2-s2.0-38949166356OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-1455DiVA: diva2:25383
Available from: 2008-09-26 Created: 2008-09-26 Last updated: 2013-04-11Bibliographically approved

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