Volume 13 · Number 1 · Pages 46–48
Enacting Science: Extending Enaction Beyond the Content of a Theory

Ema Demšar

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Abstract

Open peer commentary on the article “Enacting Enaction: A Dialectic Between Knowing and Being” by Sebastjan Vörös & Michel Bitbol. Upshot: In general agreement with the target article, I relate Vörös and Bitbol’s elucidation of Varelian philosophical roots of enaction to a discussion of enaction put forward by Varela’s co-authors Rosch and Thompson in their introductions to the revised edition of The Embodied Mind. I align Vörös and Bitbol’s multi-layered understanding of enaction to Rosch’s distinction between its “phase 1” and “phase 2” accounts. I consider the implications of the relationship between the pseudo-subject and the meta-subject of the enactive account of mind for the general enactivist conception of science and scientific knowledge.

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Demšar E. (2017) Enacting science: Extending enaction beyond the content of a theory. Constructivist Foundations 13(1): 46–48. http://constructivist.info/13/1/046

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