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The Missing 'E': Radical Embodied Cognitive Science, Ecological Psychology, and the Place of Ethics in our Responsiveness to the Lifeworld

Hutchinson, Anthony (2019) The Missing 'E': Radical Embodied Cognitive Science, Ecological Psychology, and the Place of Ethics in our Responsiveness to the Lifeworld. In: The Moral Foundations of Philosophy of Mind. Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 103-127. ISBN 9783030184926

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Abstract

Since its origins in the mid-Twentieth Century, Cognitive Science has almost exclusively operated within the philosophical frames provided by Cartesian Representationalism. In recent years, alternative, phenomenological and pragmatist, frames have served as a resource for the emergence of non-representational approaches to mind and cognition. These have been gathered under the label ‘4E cognition’, indicating their Embodied, Extended, Enacted and Embedded nature. This chapter examines one version of 4E cognition, which builds upon Ecological Psychology, and argues that it fails to pass the Evaluation Test: it cannot account for the central role of normativity and evaluation in our responsiveness to loci of significance in the lifeworld, while failing to provide an argument for the exclusion of evaluative and normative aspects.

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