Volume 13 · Number 1 · Pages 78–81
Varela on the Pragmatic Dimension of Phenomenology

Andrea Pace Giannotta

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Open peer commentary on the article “Varela’s Radical Proposal: How to Embody and Open Up Cognitive Science” by Kristian Moltke Martiny. Upshot: I examine Varela’s relationship with Husserl’s phenomenology, highlighting Varela’s acknowledgment of the pragmatic dimension of its phenomenological reduction. I argue that Varela sees, in some developments of phenomenology, a deconstruction of the subject-object duality and an embodied view of the mind. I also highlight the existential dimension of Varela’s radical proposal, which contributes to further opening up and embodying cognitive science.


Pace Giannotta A. (2017) Varela on the pragmatic dimension of phenomenology. Constructivist Foundations 13(1): 78–81. http://constructivist.info/13/1/078

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