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Enaction : Toward a New Paradigm for Cognitive Science - John Stewart


Toward a New Paradigm for Cognitive Science

By: John Stewart (Editor, Introduction by), Olivier Gapenne (Editor), Ezequiel A. Di Paolo (Editor, Introduction by)

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This book presents the framework for a new, comprehensive approach to cognitive science. The proposed paradigm, enaction, offers an alternative to cognitive science's classical, first-generation Computational Theory of Mind (CTM). Enaction, first articulated by Varela, Thompson, and Rosch in "The Embodied Mind" (MIT Press, 1991), breaks from CTM's formalisms of information processing and symbolic representations to view cognition as grounded in the sensorimotor dynamics of the interactions between a living organism and its environment. A living organism "enacts" the world it lives in; its embodied action in the world constitutes its perception and thereby grounds its cognition. "Enaction" offers a range of perspectives on this exciting new approach to embodied cognitive science. Some chapters offer manifestos for the enaction paradigm; others address specific areas of research, including artificial intelligence, developmental psychology, neuroscience, language, phenomenology, and culture and cognition. Three themes emerge as testimony to the originality and specificity of enaction as a paradigm: the relation between first-person lived experience and third-person natural science; the ambition to provide an encompassing framework applicable at levels from the cell to society; and the difficulties of reflexivity. Taken together, the chapters offer nothing less than the framework for a far-reaching renewal of cognitive science. Contributors: Renaud Barbaras, Didier Bottineau, Giovanna Colombetti, Diego Cosmelli, Hanne De Jaegher, Ezequiel A. Di Paolo. Andreas K. Engel, Olivier Gapenne, Veronique Havelange, Edwin Hutchins, Michel Le Van Quyen, Rafael E. Nunez, Marieke Rohde, Benny Shanon, Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, Adam Sheya, Linda B. Smith, John Stewart, Evan Thompson

Industry Reviews

This is an ambitious project...a remarkably well-written and argued collection on enactivism. Just as The Embodied Mind (Varela, Thompson, & Rosch, 1991) has served as a constant point of reference for researchers interested in enactive ideas, I suspect that this collection will do so for future generations.

-Philosophical Psychology
There are very good chapters that introduce key ideas of enactivism and others that offer convincing applications of these ideas to specific areas of importance to cognitive science...Taken individually, these chapters are very interesting reading.

-Constructivist Foundations

Introductionp. vii
Foundational Issues in Enaction as a Paradigm for Cognitive Science: From the Origin of Life to Consciousness and Writingp. 1
Horizons for the Enactive Mind: Values, Social Interaction, and Playp. 33
Life and Exteriority: The Problem of Metabolismp. 89
Development through Sensorimotor Coordinationp. 123
Enaction, Sense-Making, and Emotionp. 145
Thinking in Movement: Further Analyses and Validationsp. 165
Kinesthesia and the Construction of Perceptual Objectsp. 183
Directive Minds: How Dynamics Shapes Cognitionp. 219
Neurodynamics and Phenomenology in Mutual Enlightenment: The Example of the Epileptic Aurap. 245
Language and Enactionp. 267
Enacting Infinity: Bringing Transfinite Cardinals into Beingp. 307
The Ontological Constitution of Cognition and the Epistemological Constitution of Cognitive Science: Phenomenology, Enaction, and Technologyp. 335
Embodiment or Envatment?: Reflections on the Bodily Basis of Consciousnessp. 361
Toward a Phenomenological Psychology of the Consciousp. 387
Enaction, Imagination, and Insightp. 425
List of Contributorsp. 451
Indexp. 453
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ISBN: 9780262014601
ISBN-10: 0262014602
Series: A Bradford Book
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 7th January 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.89