Reinforcement learning: A brief guide for philosophers of mind

Philosophy Compass 17 (9):e12865 (2022)
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In this opinionated review, I draw attention to some of the contributions reinforcement learning can make to questions in the philosophy of mind. In particular, I highlight reinforcement learning's foundational emphasis on the role of reward in agent learning, and canvass two ways in which the framework may advance our understanding of perception and motivation.

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