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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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Kinesthesia and the Construction of Perceptual Objects

Kinesthesia and the Construction of Perceptual Objects

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Olivier Gapenne

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The aim of this chapter is to study the micro- and ontogenetic processes involved in the phenomenological constitution of space and perceived objects in humans. In lieu of opening up another discussion regarding the totality of Piaget’s project, it reexamines the initial structural and functional conditions with a view to reformulating the process of the construction of spatialized objects of perception. The main goal of the chapter is to argue in support of a radical constructivist thesis which holds that the point of departure for an experience of the world is the lived body, and that the constitution of perceived objects is both constrained and made possible by the repertoire of actions available to the subject. In other words, the process of enaction must be grounded in the integrative and morphogenetic role of kinesthesia.

Keywords:   ontogenetic processes, phenomenological constitution, perceived objects, objects of perception, radical constructivist thesis, enaction, kinesthesia

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