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Fallible Heuristics and Evaluation of Research Traditions. The Case of Embodied Cognition

Miłkowski, Marcin (2019) Fallible Heuristics and Evaluation of Research Traditions. The Case of Embodied Cognition. Ruch Filozoficzny, 75 (2). pp. 223-236. ISSN 0035-9599

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Abstract

In this paper, I argue that embodied cognition, like many other research traditions in cognitive science, offers mostly fallible research heuristics rather than grand principles true of all cognitive processing. To illustrate this claim, I discuss Aizawa’s rebuttal of embodied and enactive accounts of vision. While Aizawa’s argument is sound against a strong reading of the enactive account, it does not undermine the way embodied cognition proceeds, because the claim he attacks is one of fallible heuristics. These heuristics may be helpful in developing models of cognition in an interdisciplinary fashion. I briefly discuss the issue of whether this fallibility actually makes embodied cognition vulnerable to charges of being untestable or non-scientific. I also stress that the historical approach to this research tradition suggests that embodied cognition is not poised to become a grand unified theory of cognition.


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Miłkowski, Marcinmmilkows@ifispan.waw.pl0000-0001-7646-5742
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Dr. Marcin Miłkowski
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2019 19:33
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2019 19:33
Item ID: 16185
Journal or Publication Title: Ruch Filozoficzny
Official URL: http://doi.org/10.12775/RF.2019.031
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.12775/RF.2019.031
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Explanation
Date: 2019
Page Range: pp. 223-236
Volume: 75
Number: 2
ISSN: 0035-9599
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16185

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