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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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Horizons for the Enactive Mind: Values, Social Interaction, and Play

Horizons for the Enactive Mind: Values, Social Interaction, and Play

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Ezequiel A. Di Paolo

Marieke Rohde

Hanne De Jaegher

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This chapter is dedicated to clarifying the central tenets of enactivism and exploring some of the themes currently under development. In this exercise, following the logic of the central ideas of enactivism can sometimes lead to unexpected hypotheses and implications. The value of a new framework must not be underestimated in allowing us to formulate questions in a different vocabulary, even if satisfactory answers are not yet forthcoming. Implicitly, the exploration of these questions and possible answers is, at the same time, a demonstration of the variety of methods available to enactivism—from phenomenology and theory cycles to the synthesis of minimal models and validation by construction. After introducing the five core ideas of enactivism, the chapter focuses on value generation, and on questions regarding the coherence of the idea of a value system in cognitive architectures and similar modular structures whose function is to generate or judge the meaning of a situation.

Keywords:   enactivism, phenomenology, theory cycles, minimal models, validation by construction, value generation, cognitive architectures, meaning

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