ISBN: 9780262333290 | 432 pp. | June 2016

The Pragmatic Turn

Toward Action-Oriented Views in Cognitive Science

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.

Table of Contents

  1. The Ernst Strüngmann Forum
  2. List of Contributors
  3. 1. Introduction
  4. 2. The Contribution of Pragmatic Skills to Cognition and Its Development
  5. 3. The Development of Action Cognition
  6. 4. Acting Up
  7. 5. Can Cognition Be Reduced to Action?
  8. 6. The Mindful Filter
  9. 7. Prediction, Agency, and Body Ownership
  10. 8. Sensorimotor Contingencies and the Dynamical Creation of Structural Relations Underlying Percepts
  11. 9. Language, Action, Interaction
  12. 10. Action-Oriented Models of Cognitive Processing
  13. 11. Extending Sensorimotor Contingencies to Cognition
  14. 12. What's the Use of Consciousness?
  15. 13. Pragmatism and the Pragmatic Turn in Cognitive Science
  16. 14. Consciousness in Action
  17. 15. Action-Oriented Understanding of Consciousness and the Structure of Experience
  18. 16. Do We (or Our Brains) Actively Represent or Enactively Engage with the World?
  19. 17. Ways of Action Science
  20. 18. Learning Action-Perception Cycles in Robotics
  21. 19. Action-Oriented Cognition and Its Implications
  22. 20. Implications of Action-Oriented Paradigm Shifts in Cognitive Science
  23. Bibliography
  24. Subject Index