Volume 18 · Number 3 · Pages 370–371
Cognitive Agency Without Individuality

Amanda Corris

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Open peer commentary on the article “Beyond Individual-Centred 4E Cognition: Systems Biology and Sympoiesis” by Mads Julian Dengsø & Michael David Kirchhoff. Abstract: A move to sympoiesis entails a conceptual overhaul of autopoiesis, a key facet of the enactive approach to cognition. In this commentary, I invite more systematic thinking about the concept of autopoiesis and enactivist commitments to it, given the inconsistencies regarding individuality raised in the target article.


Corris A. (2023) Cognitive agency without individuality. Constructivist Foundations 18(3): 370–371. https://constructivist.info/18/3/370

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