Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty walk into a lab... Philosophy, Dynamics, and "Embodied Cognition"

27/06/2019, 16:30, Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw, room 74

Speaker: Guilherme Sanches de Oliveira


How can philosophy inform experimental work in cognitive science? In this talk I will give an overview of two empirical studies on embodied cognition inspired by the ideas of two phenomenologists, Martin Heidegger and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Both studies coincide in their use of nonlinear dynamics to understand behavioral data. Still, as I propose, the theoretical and methodological differences between the two studies are significant from both a philosophical and scientific standpoint, and they highlight the pervasive influence of philosophical commitments in experimental research.


1) Dotov, Nie, Chemero (2010) A Demonstration of the Transition from Ready-to-Hand to Unready-to-Hand. http://bit.ly/dotov-et-al-2010

2) Sanches de Oliveira, Riehm, Annand (2019) Phenomenology, Cognitive Science, and Interactivity in a Novel Insect-Tracking Task. http://bit.ly/sanches-et-al-2019