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EnactionToward a New Paradigm for Cognitive Science$
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John Stewart, Olivier Gapenne, and Ezequiel A. Di Paolo

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014601

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014601.001.0001

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Foundational Issues in Enaction as a Paradigm for Cognitive Science: From the Origin of Life to Consciousness and Writing

Foundational Issues in Enaction as a Paradigm for Cognitive Science: From the Origin of Life to Consciousness and Writing

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Enaction
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John Stewart

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DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014601.003.0002

This chapter endeavors to explain how the proto-paradigm of enaction fulfills the two requirements of any paradigm in cognitive science: The provision of a genuine resolution to the mind–body problem and the provision of a genuine core articulation between a multiplicity of disciplines. First, the paradigm of enaction solves the mind–body problem by grounding all cognition as an essential feature of living organisms. Schematically, the root of the answer lies in the theory of autopoiesis. Second, it provides a core articulation between the various areas and disciplines involved in cognitive science by following the natural process of the genesis of living forms. The interdisciplinary articulation is achieved by mobilizing all the relevant disciplines around this common project of studying how cognition has evolved and developed over time.

Keywords:   proto-paradigm, enaction, paradigm, cognitive science, mind–body problem, core articulation, multiplicity of disciplines, cognition, autopoiesis, living forms

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