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Enaction: Toward a New Paradigm for Cognitive Science

John Stewart, Olivier Gapenne, and Ezequiel A. Di Paolo


This book presents the framework for a new, comprehensive approach to cognitive science. The proposed paradigm, enaction, offers an alternative to cognitive science’s classical, first-generation Computational Theory of Mind (CTM). Enaction, first articulated by Varela, Thompson, and Rosch in The Embodied Mind (MIT Press, 1991) breaks from CTM’s formalisms of information processing and symbolic representations to view cognition as grounded in the sensorimotor dynamics of the interactions between a living organism and its environment. A living organism enacts the world it lives in; its embodied ... More

Keywords: cognitive science, enaction, CTM, Embodied Mind, information processing, symbolic representations, cognition, sensorimotor dynamics, living organism, embodied action

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262014601
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014601.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Stewart, editor

Olivier Gapenne, editor

Ezequiel A. Di Paolo, editor

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