Ext. DL for special issue: “Situated cognition and its critics: recent developments”

Dear colleagues,

given the special circumstances, we are pleased to announce a final
extension of our deadline for a special issue in the journal „Frontiers in
Psychology: Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology“. We are pleased to
accept new submissions since we still have some space in our volume.

You are cordially invited to consider a contribution to the special issue on
„Situated Cognition and Its Critics: Recent Developments“

Submission Deadline:

Manuscript: 30 September 2020


If there are problems with financing an accepted article, we can discuss
this (for philosophers only, having no third party funding).

Best wishes

Albert Newen and Beate Krickel, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Leon de Bruin, Universität Nijmegen
Achim Stephan, Universität Osnabrück


Concept for a special issue in „Frontiers in Psychology“

Branch: Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology“.

Topic: „Situated Cognition and Its Critics: Recent Developments“

Editors:  Albert Newen, Beate Krickel, Leon de Bruin and Achim Stephan

The existing work on situated cognition still leaves us without an adequate
account of each of the central dimensions of situatedness and a theoretical
account of how they are related to each other. While Gallagher offers
enlightening case studies of embodiment, we are lacking a general theory of
embodiment and its limits. Conversely, in the case of Thompson’s account of
enacted cognition, we have a very general perspective but face the challenge
of evaluating the fruitfulness of the enacted approach for specific mental
phenomena. The extendedness debate ran into a dead end, leaving us with the
so-called coupling-constitution fallacy which demands also that we should
systematically explore the value of the notion of extended cognition in
detailed case studies. Furthermore, from a bird’s eye view, the concepts
employed by situated approaches (e.g., action-oriented representations,
sensory-motor contingencies, affordances, attractors in phase spaces, shared
neural circuits, sense-making etc.) and the methods used (e.g., dynamical
modeling, computational modeling, evolutionary computation, organic
computing etc.) are as diverse as the phenomena they study. Moreover, they
are far less developed and elaborated than traditional concepts and methods
they are claimed to replace or at least crucially supplement. Thus, the new
development in cognitive science should aim for an improved explication of
the relevant concepts and an adequate theoretical understanding of all
dimensions of situatedness [… see more:
-critics-recent-developments  ]

We are open to article submissions by defenders and opponents of the
framework of situated cognition since we aim to disclose the advantages and
limits of this framework.