Enactivism's Vision: Neurocognitive Basis or Neurocognitively Baseless?

Charles Wallis and Wayne Wright

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195304787
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Enactivism's Vision: Neurocognitive Basis or Neurocognitively Baseless?


This article aims to clarify the central commitment and the claimed advantages of enactivism, a theoretical approach for understanding the mind. The analysis reveals that there is no compelling reason to embrace either the enactivists' aim of completely revolutionizing vision science or their understanding of the character of that new vision science. There are also numerous serious empirical and conceptual problems for even the more modest enactivism. This article discusses enactivist responses to empirical evidence cited as posing difficulties for enactivism and considers areas of neuroscience deemed highly relevant but that remain unconsidered by enactivism.

Keywords: enactivism; mind; vision science; empirical evidence; neuroscience

Article.  26047 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mind

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