This workshop aims to gather researchers in Evolution and 4E Cognition in order to evaluate which are the complementarities and tensions between these two approaches. The topics of the workshop will include (although will not be restricted to) the following ones: Minimal … Continue reading
Date and time: July 16, Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. Location: Carlos Santamaría Building, Room B14. Speaker: Miguel A. Sepúlveda-Pedro (Université de Montréal) Title: Opening the ecological dimension of the enactive approach: Umwelt, normativity, and form Abstract: The enactive approach is an alternative approach … Continue reading
This workshop aims to gather researchers in Enaction and Ecological Psychology in order to evaluate which are the complementarities, tensions, and overlaps between these two approaches. WEBPAGE: https://enactionandecologicalpsychology.wordpress.com/ The topics of the workshop will be divided in three main sections: Methodological and scientific … Continue reading
Date and time: July 2, Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.
Location: Carlos Santamaría Building, Room B14.
Speaker: Maria Jimena Clavel (University of St. Andrews)
Title: Embodying imagination
This piece is part of a larger project that aims at showing that imagination is constrained as a consequence of its embodied character and that explores the consequences of that thesis in our engagement with art and in our social interactions. Traditionally, we think of imagination as a paradigmatic case of offline cognition, i.e. cognitive endeavors that do not directly involve real-time adaptive interactions with our surroundings. In this piece we challenge this more traditional understanding of imagination and argue that exercises of imagination are embodied. We examine two embodied approaches to imagination that can be found in the literature: a radical enactive approach (see Hutto 2006, Medina 2013) and a predictive approach to imagination (see Kirchhoff 2017); and what it means for imagination to be embodied from the perspective of these two approaches. From the perspective of the first approach, our imaginative engagements are a re-enactment of our interactions with the environment and are better understood by referring to agent-world dynamics. From the perspective of the second approach, imagination is supported by the same predictive mechanism that supports perception. Here we explore the possibility of a middle ground between these two positions in what concerns imagination, and the notion of embodiment that stems from it. Importantly, one consequence of this approach is that imagination is constrained by its embodied character.
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