Ways of Enaction

The third International Colloquium on Colours and Numbers is going to be held between September 11 and 13 at the Federal University of Ceará in Fortaleza, Brazil.

This edition's theme will be “Ways of Enaction”. The event will feature the launch of Evolving Enactivism, by Daniel Hutto and Erik Myin in Brazil, with the presence of the authors.

Invited speakers:

  • Marcelo Carvalho (UNIFESP, Brazil) 
  • Daniel Hutto (Wollongong, Australia)
  • Erik Myin (Antwerpen, Belgium)
  • Tarcísio Pequeno (UFC, Brazil)
  • Glenda Satne (Alberto Hurtado, Chile, Wollongong, Australia)
  • Mario Villalobos (Tarapacá, Chile)

Contemporary philosophical discussion have been developing tenets in pragmatism (broadly construed) to motivate it as an alternative philosophical foundation for a comprehensive understanding of cognition, opposed to a far-reaching representationalist tradition. They call attention to the import of inherited and embodied practices and cooperation in order to understand language, intentionality and cognition. They take seriously evolving biological systems and situated individuals interacting in communities over time as preconditions of our rationality, features often dismissed as not central in the representationalist tradition.

More recently, enactive approaches incorporate further biological insights into the discussion of cognition, by calling attention to basic facts about living organisms such as their perpetual activity of self-construction (autopoiesis), their need to be constantly adapting to the changing conditions of the environment (adaptivity), and their selective responsiveness to specific aspects of the environment creating their own world of significance (enaction). Following on this trend, radically enactivist approaches, then, take the bold movement of proposing the complete removal of any residue of representational content in the explanation of cognition in basic minds, not only for simple organism but also at human level.

Together with embodied, embedded, ecological approaches, this research program has been very successful in providing explanations for a wide variety of basic cognitive phenomena. Now, the enactive approach to cognition faces the challenge of proving itself relevant for the investigation of traditional problems related to higher level cognition involving notions such as information, representation, thought, etc.

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Tentative Schedule

(subject to change according to new selected work)
Monday, Setember 11
Evolving Enactivism Brazillian launch
04:00 pm Opening
04:30 pm Daniel Hutto and Erik Myin
Book Launch
06:00 pm Reception
Tuesday, September 12
09:00 am Tarcísio Pequeno
10:20 am Marcelo Carvalho
11:40 am Daniel Hutto
01:00 pm Lunch
03:30 pm Mario Villalobos
04:50 pm Tecnical Session
06:10 pm Tecnical Session
Wednesday, September 13
09:00 am Erik Myin
10:20 am Tecnical Session
11:40 am Glenda Satne
01:00 pm Closing


Fortaleza, Brasil
ways of enaction
Marcos Silva


Pos em Computação (UFC)

Grupo Pencoling (UFC)

Grupo Linguagem e Cognição (UFAL)

Sociedade Brasileira de Filosofia Analítica (SBFA)

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