Reinforcement learning: A brief guide for philosophers of mind

Philosophy Compass 17 (9):e12865 (2022)
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I argue for the role of reinforcement learning in the philosophy of mind. To start, I make several assumptions about the nature of reinforcement learning and its instantiation in minds like ours. I then review some of the contributions of reinforcement learning methods have made across the so-called 'decision sciences.' Finally, I show how principles from reinforcement learning can shape philosophical debates regarding the nature of perception and characterisations of desire.

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The Predictive Mind.Jakob Hohwy - 2013 - Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press UK.
In Praise of Desire.Nomy Arpaly & Timothy Schroeder - 2013 - New York: Oxford University Press. Edited by Timothy Schroeder.

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