Scaffolding and the Insufficiency of the Intentional Stance as a Conceptual Underpinning for Multiagent Systems

Albert Esterline

The intentional stance, which has been a conceptual underpinning of much work on multiagent systems, cannot provide an account of coordinated behavior in terms that can apply equally to humans and to agents. We suggest that one must also include social scaffolding in the sense in which scaffolding is used by Andy Clark. Critical aspects of the relevant social scaffolding can be formulated in terms of notions familiar from formalisms that have been applied to software systems and to humans alike.

Subjects: 9.4 Philosophical Foundations; 7.1 Multi-Agent Systems

Submitted: Sep 14, 2007