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Evolving EnactivismBasic Minds Meet Content$
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Daniel D. Hutto and Erik Myin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036115

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036115.001.0001

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RECtifying and REConnecting

RECtifying and REConnecting

(p.75) 4 RECtifying and REConnecting
Evolving Enactivism

Daniel D. Hutto

Erik Myin

The MIT Press

Chapter 4 provides further examples of RECtification, this time with the aim of showing how REC can fruitfully ally with and strengthen two prominent nonrepresentational E-approaches to cognition—Autopoietic-Adaptive Enactivism and Ecological Dynamics. These examples of RECtification reveal REC’s capacity to marshal and combine powerful resources for explaining basic minds in naturalistic terms. The chapter concludes by discussing the need to show how to basic, contentless minds can meet contentful minds in REC terms – namely, to explicate how REConnecting is possible. Doing so is necessary in light of REC’s commitment to two ideas: that some cognition is content-involving and that organisms become capable of content-involving cognition by mastering special sociocultural practices.

Keywords:   Autopoietic-Adaptive Enactivism; AAE, Ecological Dynamics, affordances, sense-making, autonomy, REConnecting

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