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Digital Turn in Epistemology


29 - 31 October 2018
Antwerp, Belgium

Conference ‘Getting real about words and numbers’

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 people working on linguistic and mathematical cognition in different traditions that are consonant or in explicit contrast with the enactive and embodied approaches to cognition. 
The confirmed invited speakers are: Dorit Bar-On University of Connecticut), Sorin Bangu (University of Bergen), Glenda Satne (University of Wollongong & Universidad Alberto Hurtado) and Roy Wagner (University of Sevilla). 
There will be room for a number of contributed talks addressing questions concerning linguistic and mathematical cognitive capabilities. We welcome contributions that address relevant topics either from an enactive/embodied point of view, or that critically engage with these approaches.
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).