Science writer Amanda Gefter has organised a meeting between Christopher Fuchs (UMass, Boston), one of the founders of QBist interpretation of quantum mechanics, and Hanne De Jaegher and myself (Feb. 2023). Lots of resonances and complementarities, particularly regarding questions of agency, ontology, engaged epistemology, philosophy of probability, the universe in becoming, volleyball …
Enaction and Dialectics I and II (with Turkish translation)
A two-part post introducing the relations between the enactive approach and dialectics, published on the site Dialectical Systems.
Enaction and Dialectics – Part I
Enaction and Dialectics – Part II
Both these longish posts have also appeared in Turkish translation on the CogIST site.
Enaksiyon ve Diyalektik (1. Bölüm)
Dialectics of the abstract and the concrete in the enactive approach
Video of a keynote presentation at the Future & Ideals Symposium on Evald Ilyenkov’s Philosophy of Development, London, 11–12, November, 2022.
Talk: Enactive agency from sensorimotor schemes to languaging
Video of talk given in February 2022 for the Constructivist Meet up Series 2.
Two new online seminars and an interview (2021)
May 2021. Seminar given as part of the series on the Life and Work of Francisco Varela | Ouroboros Seminars 2021 | Varela 20/30. (19/05/2021).
May 2021. A talk in Spanish on “El concepto enactivo de agencia”, part of a seminar series called “Cultura material, agencia y prácticas” from the Departamento de Filosofía, Facultad de Humanidades, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina. (13/05/2021)
April 2021. An interview on the enactive mind by the Department of Education at PUC-Rio, Brazil.
New Book: Linguistic Bodies
Forthcoming in October 2018.
Di Paolo, E. A., Cuffari, E. C., and De Jaegher, H. (2018). Linguistic Bodies: The Continuity between Life and Language. MIT Press.
A novel theoretical framework for an embodied, non-representational approach to language that extends and deepens enactive theory, bridging the gap between sensorimotor skills and language.
Linguistic Bodies offers a fully embodied and fully social treatment of human language without positing mental representations. The authors present the first coherent, overarching theory that connects dynamical explanations of action and perception with language. Arguing from the assumption of a deep continuity between life and mind, they show that this continuity extends to language. Expanding and deepening enactive theory, they offer a constitutive account of language and the co-emergent phenomena of personhood, reflexivity, social normativity, and ideality. Language, they argue, is not something we add to a range of existing cognitive capacities but a new way of being embodied. Each of us is a linguistic body in a community of other linguistic bodies. The book describes three distinct yet entangled kinds of human embodiment, organic, sensorimotor, and intersubjective; it traces the emergence of linguistic sensitivities and introduces the novel concept of linguistic bodies; and it explores the implications of living as linguistic bodies in perpetual becoming, applying the concept of linguistic bodies to questions of language acquisition, parenting, autism, grammar, symbol, narrative, and gesture, and to such ethical concerns as microaggression, institutional speech, and pedagogy.
New Book: Sensorimotor Life
A chat with Tom Froese for UNAM TV
Here’s a conversation on AI, machines, embodiment, mind and life with Tom Froese for the program Entrevistas (im)posibles, broadcast by UNAM TV, Mexico on 13 September 2016. The chat is in Spanish.
Also available here.
Interviews during my visit to Mexico
Some interviews made during my short visit to the IIMAS institute at UNAM (Mexico City) and the XV Alife conference (Cancun).
“Ciencia, práctica y filosofía, pilares para entender la Naturaleza y sus complejidades”: Ezequiel Di Paolo. Interview in Crónica (México), 7/7/2016. (pdf)
Claves para entender la vida artificial. Interview in El Economista (México), 5/7/2016. (pdf)
Ciencia debe tener balance con filosofía y práctica. Interview in Terra (México), 5/7/2016. (pdf)
Insta Di Paolo a mejorar humanoides. Interview in La Reforma (México), 4/7/2016. (pdf)
An article in Spanish of recent developments in enactive theory.
Un artículo en castellano sobre los recientes avances en teoría enactiva.
Di Paolo, Ezequiel. (2016). “Enactivismo”. En Diccionario Interdisciplinar Austral, editado por Claudia E. Vanney, Ignacio Silva y Juan F. Franck.