Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 1145–1163 | Cite as

Heidegger’s hermeneutic account of cognition

  • Veronica VasterlingEmail author


Hermeneutic phenomenology is absent in 4 EAC literature (embedded, embodied, enactive, extended and affective cognition). The aim of this article is to show that hermeneutic phenomenology as elaborated in the work of Heidegger is relevant to 4 EAC research. In the first part of the article I describe the hermeneutic turn Heidegger performs in tandem with his ontological turn of transcendental phenomenology, and the hermeneutic account of cognition resulting from it. I explicate the main thesis of the hermeneutic account, namely that cognition is interaction with the world, followed by a discussion of the modes of cognition distinguished in the hermeneutic account. In the second part of the article I discuss the implications of this account with respect to the status and meaning of first, second and third person perspective of cognition. The article concludes with the draft and discussion of an exploratory model of hermeneutic cognition.


Hermeneutic phenomenology Interaction Direct and narrative understanding First, second and third person perspective Representation and intersubjectivity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religion StudiesRadboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands

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