Does representation need reality? (1999)
In: Riegler A., Peschl M. F. & Stein A. von (eds.) (1999) Understanding representation in the cognitive sciences. Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers: New York, pp. 9-17
This paper discusses the notion of representation and outlines the ideas and questions which led to the organization of this volume. We argue for a distinction between the classical view of referential representation, and the alternative concept of system-relative representation. The latter refers to situated cognitive processes whose dynamics are merely modulated by their environment rather than being instructed and determined by it.