, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 459-463
Date: 24 Nov 2010

Introduction to the special issue on 4E cognition

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Introduction

One thing that has become clear in the last 10 to 15 years of research on cognition is that there are many different dimensions of modelling and explanation at work. Homogeneity there is not. One only needs to think of the differences in emphasis and approach that one finds under the often grouped together labels of embodied, embedded, extended and enacted cognition

This list does not include distributed and situated models of cognition.

. One reason that the four E’s are grouped together is that they are all held to reject or at least radically reconfigure traditional cognitivism

Which is usually understood as cognition as the manipulation of representations. Despite Adams’ and Aizawa’s protestations to the contrary, I do not think that cognitivism is committed to anything stronger than this. Indeed, it would be unwise for cognitivists to hold to Adams’ and Aizawa’s stronger version of cognitivism—that only manipulations of representations with underived content count as cogn ...