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Ecological and Enactive Perspectives on Language
5 June 2019 @ 13:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 5 June 2019, 13:00-17:00, Erasmus University Rotterdam
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This workshop is organised in connection to the PhD defence of Jasper van den Herik, which will take place Thursday June 6, 13:30, Senaatszaal, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Critics of Radical Enactivism (REC) have argued that REC is false, or contains serious gaps because it allegedly cannot make room for how contentful cognition influences contentless cognition. In this presentation, I will address some recent formulations of this worry, and argue that these criticisms are misguided. This will allow me to clarify the REC position regarding the notions of basic and content-involving cognition, and their relation. In particular, I will show how the idea that REC faces a threatening “interface problem” derives from imposing on it a dualistic picture of higher and lower forms of cognition being co-present in cognitive activities. This is not REC’s view, but a cognitivist one that it strongly opposes. Indeed, this picture mislocates the place and role of content in the scheme of all things cognitive. I will show why locating content where it belongs really matters, and why REC handles that job adequately.
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