Fundamentals of IAS-Research Seminars 2018. Seminar 4. Embodied and enactive approaches to agency and cognition

24/04/2018 @ 15:00 – 17:00
Centro Carlos Santamaría, B14
Fundamentals of IAS-Research Seminars 2018
6 bi-weekly seminars exploring the basic research lines of IAS-Research

Seminar 4 run by: Ezequiel Di Paolo

Keywords: functionalism, embodied turn, dynamical systems, enaction, phenomenology, sensorimotor approaches to perception, agency, nonrepresentationalism, embodiment, sense-making, individuation, normativity, F. Varela, H. Jonas, M. Merleau-Ponty, H. Dreyfus, J. Dewey, J. Piaget, G. Simondon, E. Thompson, R. Beer.


Di Paolo, E. (2005). Autopoiesis, adaptivity, teleology, agencyPhenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 4(4), 429–452.

Further Readings:

Barandiaran, X., Rohde, M. and Di Paolo, E. A. (2009). Defining agency: individuality, normativity, asymmetry and spatio-temporality in actionAdaptive Behavior, 17, 367–386.

O’Regan, J. K., and Noë, A. (2001). A sensorimotor account of vision and visual consciousness. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 24(5), 883–917.

Thompson, E. (2011). Précis of Mind in LifeJournal of Consciousness Studies, 18, 10–22.

Thompson. E. and Cosmelli, D. (2011). Brain in a vat or body in a world? Brainbound versus enactive views of experience. Philosophical Topics, 39, 163–180.

Varela F. J. (1995). The re-enchantment of the concrete. Some biological ingredients for a nouvelle cognitive science. In: Steels L. and Brooks R. (eds.) The Artificial Life Route to Artificial Intelligence: Building Embodied, Situated Agents. Lawrence Erlbaum, New Haven. pp. 11–20.