Enactive Cognitive Science: Part 1, Background and Research Themes
2005 (English)In: Constructivist foundations, ISSN 1782-348X, Vol. 1, no 1, 19-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
science is an approach to the study of mind that
seeks to explain how the structures and mechanisms of autonomous
cognitive systems can arise and participate in the generation and
maintenance of viable perceiver-dependent worlds -- rather than
conventional cognitivist efforts, such as the attempt to explain
cognition in terms of the "recovery" of (pre-given, timeless)
of The (objectively-existing and accessible) World.
As such, enactive cognitive science is resonant with radical
constructivism. And as with other scientific efforts conducted
a constructivist orientation, it is broadly "conventional" in its
scientific methodology. That is, there is a strong emphasis on
testable hypotheses, empirical observation, supportable mechanisms
models, rigorous experimental methods, acceptable criteria of
validation, and the like. Nonetheless, this approach to cognitive
science does also raise a number of specific questions about the
of amenable phenomena (e.g. meaning, consciousness, etc.) -- and
also raises questions of whether such a perspective requires an
expansion of what is typically considered within the purview of
scientific method (e.g. the role of the observer/scientist).
This paper is a brief introduction to enactive cognitive science: a
description of some of the main research concerns; some examples of
how such concerns have been realized in actual research; some of
research methods and proposed explanatory mechanisms and models;
of the potential as both a theoretical and applied science; and
several of the major open research questions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 1, no 1, 19-34 p.
Cognitive Science, Constructivism
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