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Knowing what? Radical versus conservative enactivism

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Abstract


  • The binary divide between traditional cognitivist and enactivist paradigms is tied to

    their respective commitments to understanding cognition as based on knowing that as opposed

    to knowing how. Using O’Regan’s and Noe’s landmark sensorimotor contingency theory of

    perceptual experience as a foil, I demonstrate how easy it is to fall into conservative thinking.

    Although their account is advertised as decidedly ‘skill-based’, on close inspection it shows

    itself to be riddled with suppositions threatening to reduce it to a rules-and-representations

    approach. To remain properly enactivist it must be purged of such commitments and indeed all

    commitment to mediating knowledge: it must embrace a more radical enactivism.

Publication Date


  • 2005

Citation


  • Hutto, D. D. (2005). Knowing what? Radical versus conservative enactivism. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 4 (4), 389-405.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-33744722068

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1760&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/755

Number Of Pages


  • 16

Start Page


  • 389

End Page


  • 405

Volume


  • 4

Issue


  • 4

Abstract


  • The binary divide between traditional cognitivist and enactivist paradigms is tied to

    their respective commitments to understanding cognition as based on knowing that as opposed

    to knowing how. Using O’Regan’s and Noe’s landmark sensorimotor contingency theory of

    perceptual experience as a foil, I demonstrate how easy it is to fall into conservative thinking.

    Although their account is advertised as decidedly ‘skill-based’, on close inspection it shows

    itself to be riddled with suppositions threatening to reduce it to a rules-and-representations

    approach. To remain properly enactivist it must be purged of such commitments and indeed all

    commitment to mediating knowledge: it must embrace a more radical enactivism.

Publication Date


  • 2005

Citation


  • Hutto, D. D. (2005). Knowing what? Radical versus conservative enactivism. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 4 (4), 389-405.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-33744722068

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1760&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/755

Number Of Pages


  • 16

Start Page


  • 389

End Page


  • 405

Volume


  • 4

Issue


  • 4