Do Agents have Minds?
The next inner ring
is 'Mind (including subconscious)',
seeming to make it clear that agents are things which go to making up a mind.
But the discussion talks about agents with minds, agents with conscious minds,
etc. Just what, then, is an agent? Of course, Franklin has just defined an
agent as "anything that acts", but that obviously includes a lot
of things which are not part of a brain, which are not being discussed,
are they? I find the whole paragraph describing agents to be a bit confusing.
What, no Dennett?
I was disappointed to see no mention of Daniel Dennett. Surely in any list
of philosophers who would agree with Franklin's approach, Dennett would be
high on the list. There are three Dennett references in the back, so
hopefully, we will come to that discussion.