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The Pragmatic Turn

Toward Action-Oriented Views in Cognitive Science

Edited by Andreas K. Engel, Karl J. Friston and Danica Kragic

Cognitive science is experiencing a pragmatic turn away from the traditional representation-centered framework toward a view that focuses on understanding cognition as “enactive.” This enactive view holds that cognition does not produce models of the world but rather subserves action as it is grounded in sensorimotor skills. In this volume, experts from cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology, robotics, and philosophy of mind assess the foundations and implications of a novel action-oriented view of cognition.

Their contributions and supporting experimental evidence show that an enactive approach to cognitive science enables strong conceptual advances, and the chapters explore key concepts for this new model of cognition. The contributors discuss the implications of an enactive approach for cognitive development; action-oriented models of cognitive processing; action-oriented understandings of consciousness and experience; and the accompanying paradigm shifts in the fields of philosophy, brain science, robotics, and psychology.

ISBN: 9780262034326

Photographie: B. Fuge
Lektorat: BerlinScienceWorks

Additional support is gratefully acknowledged from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Science Foundation).

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This Forum is supported by the eSMCs project, which is funded by an EU 7th Framework Programme grant. The eSMCs project focuses on the role of sensorimotor predictions for cognitive processing, which is addressed in studies on humans and robots.


The European research project "Convergence Science Network of Biomimetics and NeuroTechnology"
(FP7-601167) has provided scholarships to enable the participation of 4 European Young Scientists active in the Neuro and Bio-Inspired Systems area.