Volume 9 · Number 1 · Pages 38–40
Towards Constructive Foundations of Cognitivism: Breaking in Open Doors?

Jiří Wiedermann

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Open peer commentary on the article “Exploration of the Functional Properties of Interaction: Computer Models and Pointers for Theory” by Etienne B. Roesch, Matthew Spencer, Slawomir J. Nasuto, Thomas Tanay & J. Mark Bishop. Upshot: We challenge the authors’ claim in the target article that “departing from cognitivism requires the development of a new functional framework that will support causal, powerful and goal-directed behavior in the context of the interaction between the organism and the environment.” We argue that rather than a departure from cognitivism, the indicated goal is a natural complement or extension of the classical understanding of cognitivism. In order to reach such a goal, no new functional framework has to be developed right from scratch: there are many insights in related areas of research that can serve such a purpose well and can become an integral part of constructive cognitivism. We welcome the idea to build constructive foundations of cognitivism.


Wiedermann J. (2013) Towards constructive foundations of cognitivism: Breaking in open doors? Constructivist Foundations 9(1): 38–40. http://constructivist.info/9/1/038

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