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Sensorimotor Life: An enactive proposal

Ezequiel Di Paolo, Thomas Buhrmann, and Xabier Barandiaran


This book elaborates a series of contributions to a non–representational theory of action and perception. It is based on current theoretical developments in the enactive approach to life and mind. These enactive ideas are applied and extended to provide a theoretically rich, naturalistic account of sensorimotor meaning and agency. This account supplies non–representational extensions to the sensorimotor approach to perceptual experience based on the notion of the living body as a self–organizing dynamic system in coupling with the environment. The enactive perspective entails the use of world– ... More

Keywords: enactivism, embodiment, sensorimotor approach to perception, naturalization of agency, sensorimotor agency, sense of agency, virtual actions, sensorimotor abstraction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198786849
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198786849.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ezequiel Di Paolo, author
Research Professor, Ikerbasque, Basque Foundation for Science

Thomas Buhrmann, author
Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of the Basque Country

Xabier Barandiaran, author
Researcher and Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, IAS-Research Centre for Life, Mind, and Society, University of the Basque Country