Contemporary Sensorimotor Theory

  • John Mark Bishop
  • Andrew Owen Martin
Conference proceedings

Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-8
  2. J. Mark Bishop, Andrew O. Martin
    Pages 1-22
  3. Jack Wadham
    Pages 117-126
  4. Zuzanna Rucinska
    Pages 175-187
  5. Janet K. Gibbs, Kate Devlin
    Pages 189-200
  6. Marco Gillies, Andrea Kleinsmith
    Pages 201-208
  7. Stephen J. Cowley
    Pages 235-251
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 253-253

About these proceedings


This book analyzes the philosophical foundations of sensorimotor theory and discusses the most recent applications of sensorimotor theory to human computer interaction, child’s play, virtual reality, robotics, and linguistics.

Why does a circle look curved and not angular? Why does red not sound like a bell? Why, as I interact with the world, is there something it is like to be me? An analytic philosopher might suggest: ``if we ponder the concept of circle we find that it is the essence of a circle to be round’’. However, where does this definition come from? Was it set in stone by the Gods, in other words by divine arbiters of circleness, redness and consciousness? Particularly, with regard to visual consciousness, a first attempt to explain why our conscious experience of the world appears as it does has been attributed to Kevin O’Regan and Alva Noe, who published their sensorimotor account of vision and visual consciousness in 2001.

Starting with a chapter by Kevin O’Regan, Contemporary Sensorimotor Theory continues by presenting fifteen additional essays on as many developments achieved in recent years in this field. It provides readers with a critical review of the sensorimotor theory and in so doing introduces them to a radically new enactive approach in cognitive science.



AISB Sensorimotor Theory Workshop Enactive approach Machine consciousness Phenomenological consciousness Sensorimotor contingency Sensorimotor robot The Chinese room argument Visual perception

Editors and affiliations

  • John Mark Bishop
    • 1
  • Andrew Owen Martin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ComputingUniversity of London Goldsmiths CollegeLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of ComputingUniversity of London Goldsmiths CollegeLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-05106-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-05107-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-6255
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-6263
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