Category Archives: Enaction

The Enactive Approach

In The Embodied Mind, we presented the idea of cognition as enaction as an alternative to the view of cognition as representation. By “representation” we meant a structure inside the cognitive system that has meaning by virtue of its corresponding … Continue reading

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Towards a Philosophy of the Web – Representation, Enaction, Collective Intelligence

We present some initial forays into the questions that underlie the philosophy of the Web around the notions of  representation, enactive search, the extended mind, and collective intelligence.  Having philosophers seriously move their research programmes into the nature of the … Continue reading

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Democratic Education through the Notions of Emergence and Enaction

This paper aims at contributing to new ways of thinking about democratic education. We discuss how revisiting this concept may help raise fresh questions in relation to non-formal fora grappling with intricate sustainability issues that span international borders. Starting from … Continue reading

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New wave Theories of Cognition – The advocating of the Embodied, Situated, Enactive characters of Cognition

The new wave of studies in the domain of cognition is presented as a growing research program which is characterized by a critical attitude towards the mainstream in cognitive sciences, and especially by the criticism toward the recourse to internal … Continue reading

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Extended life

This paper  reformulates some of  the questions  raised by extended mind theorists  from an enactive, life/mind continuity perspective. Because of its reliance on concepts such as autopoiesis, the enactive approach has  been  deemed  internalist  and  thus  incompatible  with  the  extended … Continue reading

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Enaction and Music – Anticipating a New Alliance between Dynamic Instrumental Arts

The concept of enactive representation was first introduced in cognitive psychology by psychologists such as Jean Piaget and Jerome Bruner. Pasquinelli defines precisely the origins of the concept of Enactive knowledge: ‘In Bruner’s view, there are three systems or ways … Continue reading

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Enaction: Toward a New Paradigm for Cognitive Science

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 … Continue reading

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