Dates: October 29-31, 2018


Speakers and abstracts


Location: University of Antwerp, Belgium

In recent years, the interest in embodied and enactive theories of cognition has been growing. Both in cognitive science and in the philosophy of mind, the dominant representational paradigm has been challenged by putting forward embodied and enactive explanations for various cognitive capacities such as perception, memory and imagination. However, while it is sometimes accepted that embodied and enactive non-representational approaches can explain some cognitive capacities, it is more controversial whether embodied and enactive theories can account for all cognitive capacities.

This workshop will focus on embodied and enactive approaches to symbolic activities, in particular language and mathematics. The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers working on linguistic and mathematical cognition in different traditions that are consonant or in explicit contrast with the enactive and embodied approaches to cognition.

Workshop organized within the framework of the collaborative FWO-NWO project Getting real about words and numbers. An enactive approach to language and mathematics involving the philosophy departments at the University of Antwerp (E. Myin and K. Zahidi) and the Erasmus University Rotterdam (F.A. Muller and J. van den Herik).