Volume 12 · Number 3 · Pages 305–307
The Myth of the Cognitive Niche

Paulo De Jesus

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Open peer commentary on the article “Coordination Produces Cognitive Niches, not just Experiences: A Semi-Formal Constructivist Ontology Based on von Foerster” by Konrad Werner. Upshot: I will aim to show that a cognitive niche, as introduced by Werner, although a theoretically rich and insightful concept, ultimately falls short of its intended aims. Here I will draw attention to three distinct reasons for this: (a) it does not adequately deal with the issue of Cartesian subjectivism, (b) it conflates the ontological domain with the epistemic and as a consequence (c) introduces a counterproductive type of representationalism. The commentary finishes with a few words on an alternative proposal for solving the problem of presentation.


De Jesus P. (2017) The myth of the cognitive niche. Constructivist Foundations 12(3): 305–307. http://constructivist.info/12/3/305

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