Volume 18 · Number 2 · Pages 250–252
Bridging the Ontological Gap?

Daniela Díaz-Rojas & Jorge Soto-Andrade

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Open peer commentary on the article “Coordination Dynamics of Semiotic Mediation: A Functional Dynamic Systems Perspective on Mathematics Teaching/Learning” by Anna Shvarts & Dor Abrahamson. Abstract: While deeply sympathising with Shvarts and Abrahamson’s thoughtful attempt at theoretically explaining semiotic mediation from a radical embodied perspective, we suggest that their metaphor of an “ontological gap” to be bridged deserves pondering. We also discuss their illustrative “empirical finale” from our enactivist viewpoint.


Díaz-Rojas D. & Soto-Andrade J. (2023) Bridging the ontological gap? Constructivist Foundations 18(2): 250–252. https://constructivist.info/18/2/250

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