Postcognitive Topics

This site serves two purposes.  It is a repository for readings used in a postgraduate module taught in the Spring semester within the Cognitive Science Programme at University College Dublin.  And it is a venue in which students taking that module can publish blog posts relevant to course materials.

The course covers a variety of topics loosely grouped under the banner of 4E cognition (Embodied, extended, embedded, enactive).  These topics seek to consider fundamental questions about our scientific and philosophical accounts of experience, behaviour, and being that do not rely on the many “cognitivist” assumptions, such as mind-brain identity or experiential solipsism.  In particular, the assumed architecture of mind that sees perception as input, cognition as internal and hidden, and action as output is rejected.

The topics covered are listed on the readings page.  Not all topics are covered every year.