Radical embodied cognition vs. «classical» embodied neuroscience

May 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

REBOUL, Anne. ” Radical embodied cognition vs. “classical” embodied neuroscience”,  in Yu, Z. (ed.) Cognition and Embodiment, Shanghai : Shanghai University Press, 2012.



1. Introduction : the birth and development of cognitive science

Cognitive sciences were born as a revolution against behaviorism in the 50s. (Behaviorism : stmulus-response unit)

Early cognitive science (otherwise known as “classical” cognitive science) was thus strongly linked to so-called GOFAI(Good Old Fashioned Artificial Intelligence).

The next major step was due to the technological advances which led to the rapid development of sophisticated tools for brain imagery. –> reoriented the field toward cognitive neuroscience.

  • Cognitive neuroscience(major characteristics : Representationalism)
  1. Classical cognitive science is limited to the brain.
  2. Embodied cognition goes beyond the brain to encompass the whole body.
  3. Extended cognition goes beyond the body to features of the social or physical environment.

This next major step was taken by Radical Embodied Cognitive Science, the eliminativist program defended by Chemero(2009).


2. The radical embodied cognition debate


3. An empirical approch

3.1. Introduction

3.2. Collective hunting in Ta{i chimpanzees

3.3. Fiction and thought experiments


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