Livre: Enaction, toward a new paradigm for cognitive science

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
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Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:38:01 +0100
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Toward a New Paradigm for Cognitive Science

Edited by John Stewart, Olivier Gapenne, and Ezequiel A. Di Paolo

A Bradford Book
The MIT Press
Cambridge, Massachusetts
London, England

6 x 9, 472 pp., 31 illus.
$40.00/£29.95 (CLOTH)


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, Véronique Havelange, Edwin Hutchins, Michel
Le Van Quyen, Rafael E.  Núñez, Marieke Rohde, Benny Shanon, Maxine
Sheets-Johnstone, Adam Sheya, Linda B. Smith, John Stewart, Evan

About the Editors

John Stewart is a Scientific Consultant at the University of
Technology of Compiègne, France.

Olivier Gapenne is Assistant Professor at the University of Technology
of Compiègne, France.

Ezequiel A. Di Paolo is Ikerbasque Research Professor at the
University of the Basque Country, Spain.


John Stewart, Olivier Gapenne, Ezequiel A. Di Paolo

Foundational Issues in Enaction as a Paradigm for Cognitive Science
from the Origin of Life to Consciousness and Writing
John Stewart

Horizons for the Enactive Mind:
Value, Social Interaction, and Play
Ezequiel A. Di Paolo, Marieke Rohde, and Hanne De Jaegher

Life and Exteriority: The Problem of Metabolism
Renaud Barbaras

Development through Sensorimotor Coordination
Adam Sheya and Linda B. Smith

Enaction, Sense-Making, and Emotion
Giovanna Colombetti

Thinking in Movement: Further Analyses and Validations
Maxine Sheets-Johnstone

Kinesthesia and the Construction of Perceptual Objects
Olivier Gapenne

Directive Minds: How Dynamics Shapes Cognition
Andreas K. Engel

Neurodynamics and Phenomenology in Mutual Enlightenment
The Example of the Epileptic Aura
Michel Le Van Quyen

Language and Enaction
Didier Bottineau

Enacting Infinity: Bringing Transfinite Cardinals into Being
Rafael E. Núñez

The Ontological Constitution of Cognition and the Epistemological
Constitution of Cognitive Science: Phenomenology, Enaction, and
Véronique Havelange

Embodiment or Envatment?
Reflections on the Bodily Basis of Consciousness
Diego Cosmelli and Evan Thompson

Toward a Phenomenological Psychology of the Conscious
Benny Shanon

Enaction, Imagination, and Insight
Edwin Hutchins

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