Does the metaphysical dog wag its formal tail? The free-energy principle and philosophical debates about life, mind, and matter

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 45:e216 (2022)
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According to Bruineberg and colleagues, philosophical arguments on life, mind, and matter that are based on the free-energy principle (FEP) (1) essentially draw on the Markov blanket construct and (2) tend to assume that strong metaphysical claims can be justified on the basis of metaphysically innocuous formal assumptions provided by FEP. I argue against both (1) and (2).

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