Enactivism and social cognition: In search for the whole story

Journal of Cognitive Semiotics (1):225-250 (2012)

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Leon De Bruin
VU University Amsterdam
Sanneke De Haan
Tilburg University
Abstract
Although the enactive approach has been very successful in explaining many basic social interactions in terms of embodied practices, there is still much work to be done when it comes to higher forms of social cognition. In this article, we discuss and evaluate two recent proposals by Shaun Gallagher and Daniel Hutto that try to bridge this ‘cognitive gap’ by appealing to the notion of narrative practice. Although we are enthusiastic about these proposals, we argue that (i) it is difficult to see them as continuous with the enactivist notion of direct coupling, and (ii) the failure to account for folk psychological action interpretation suggests that the enactive approach should adopt a broader notion of coupling.
Keywords Enactivism  Social Cognition  Narrative practice  Embodied cognition  cognitive gap
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