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: https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/11500/situated-cognition-and-its-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.

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