The enactivist revolution

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Among the many ideas that go by the name of "enactivism" there is the idea that by "cognition" we should understand what is more commonly taken to be behavior. For clarity, label such forms of enactivism "enactivismb." This terminology requires some care in evaluating enactivistb claims. There is a genuine risk of enactivist and non-enactivist cognitive scientists talking past one another. So, for example, when enactivistsb write that "cognition does not require representations" they are not necessarily denying what cognitivists claim when they write that "cognition requires representations." This paper will draw attention to instances of some of these unnecessary confusions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-42
Number of pages24
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


  • Autopoiesis
  • Behavior
  • Cognition
  • Enaction
  • Enactivism

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