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4E’s Are Too Many

Why Enactive World-Making Does Not Need The Extended Mind Thesis

Alfonsina Scarinzi    Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Deutschland    

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abstract

4E’s cognition – embodied, embedded, enacted, extended – replaces the cognitivist notion of world-mirroring with an active process of world-making: cognition needs no mental representation and is distributed over body, brain and environment. In recent years, the remark that extended cognition is not enactive and that the embodied approach to cognition fails to provide a definition of body raise the question of whether a postcognitivist approach to experience needs 4E’s. This contribution suggests that it does not. The enactive body as a moving sense-making-system informed by phenomenology and pragmatism and its role in the constitution of the distinctive quality of an experience are discussed.

Published
Dec. 9, 2020
Accepted
Sept. 8, 2020
Submitted
July 13, 2020
Language
EN

Keywords: Sense-MakingVarelaEmbodied MindNon-DualityEnactivism

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