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Cosmelli Ibañez II (p)

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TARGET ARTICLE Human Cognition in Context: On the Biologic, Cognitive and Social Reconsideration of Meaning as Making Sense of Action Diego Cosmelli & Agustín Ibáñez # Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2008 Abstract The aim of this special issue of IPBS has been to explore concrete and explicit alternatives to cognitivism. Indeed, in our editorial introduction we set out to give a brief survey of the numerous criticisms that have been made of understanding the mind this way (Ibáñez and Cosmelli, Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Sciences , 2008 ). Thus in what sense do the contributions here presented succeed in providing novel alternatives, moving into original and potentially generative domains of inquiry? While much remains to be done, we believe that they make significant headway in more than one sense. We do believe, however, that there is one locus that furnishes a convergence ground that is worth considering seriously: the problem of meaning. Meaning as making sense of contextualized action seems to cross the domains of intentionality, intersubjectivity and ecology of mind. The development of multilevel approaches, as the authors here exemplify, argues for a novel research agenda. Keywords Meaning . Action . Making sense . Neuroscience . Multilevel approaches . Cognition . Social sciences Integr Psych Behav DOI 10.1007/s12124-008-9060-0 A. Ibáñez ( * ) Neuroscience Laboratory, Universidad Diego Portales, Vergara 275, Santiago de Chile, Chile e-mail: [email protected] A. Ibáñez Department of Geriatric Psychiatry, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany D. Cosmelli Escuela de Psicología, P. Universidad Católica de Chile, Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago, Chile D. Cosmelli Centro de Estudios Neurobiológicos, P. Universidad Católica de Chile, Marcoleta 391 Segundo Piso, Santiago, Chile e-mail: [email protected]
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Introduction The aim of this special issue of IPBS has been to explore concrete and explicit alternatives to the cognitivist paradigm in the study of the mind and human cognition. Here, we will begin by introducing a sketch of a conceptual background we believe provides one possible unifying perspective on the different contributions of this special issue: Social Minds in Action (Ibáñez and Cosmelli 2008 ; Freeman 2008 ; Haye 2008 ; Cornejo 2008 ; Flores-Gonzalez 2008 ; Mascareno 2008 ; Faiciuc 2008 ; Commentators: Märtsin 2008 ; Cunha and Salgado 2008 ; Smorti 2008 ; Leitao 2008 ). This we will do by claiming that the three post-cognitive topics of cognition mentioned in the issue, explicitly or implicitly share one assumption: that meaning can be understood as making sense of contextual action (non excludingly conceptualized as intentional, intersubjective or ecological). Finally, we briefly discuss the role of co- construction of multilevel approaches in the development of new facts 1 in cognitive sciences.
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