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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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Enaction, Sense-Making, and Emotion

Enaction, Sense-Making, and Emotion

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Giovanna Colombetti

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This chapter adopts two converging strategies in order to elaborate on the problematic view contending that emotion science tends to disregard the meaning-generating role of the body and to attribute it only to separate abstract cognitive-evaluative processes. First, the idea of whole-organism-generated meaning is illustrated by drawing on the notion of sense-making in the autopoietic and adaptive system. The notion of sense-making maintained by Weber and Varela in 2002 and Di Paolo in 2005 is interpreted here as a bodily cognitive-emotional form of understanding that belongs to all living systems, and which is present in a primordial form even in the simplest ones. Arguments positing that modern emotion science overintellectualizes our capacity to evaluate and understand are then presented, showing that this overintellectualization goes hand in hand with the rejection of the idea that the nonneural body is a vehicle of meaning.

Keywords:   emotion science, meaning-generating role, cognitive-evaluative processes, sense-making, Weber, Varela, Di Paolo

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