Colloquia

Enactivism

14th meeting of the Enactivism Study Group of the OZSW

Workshop on metalanguage, self-reflection, and content

Date:    Tuesday 23 May 2017
Time
:   13:00 – 16:50 hours
Room
: H5-32
Place
: Erasmus University Rotterdam,
            Burgemeester Oudlaan 50,
            Tinbergen-Gebouw, 5th floor.

13:00 – 13:01 Word of welcome

13:01 – 14:10 Talbot Taylor (William & Mary) – The Metalinguistic Emergence of Language

Wittgenstein’s Blue Book opens with the recommendation that, in approaching the general question ‘What is the meaning of a word?’, we should ask what an explanation of the meaning of a word looks like.  Within contemporary enactive and ecological approaches to ‘higher’ cognition and skilled intentionality, there is increasing attention given to questions concerning how a child becomes someone, for example, whose vocalizations have particular meanings or refer to past events and nonexistent objects, who understands what others’ utterances mean, and who knows what it is for an utterance to be true or false and what it is to do (or not do) what someone says.  Following Wittgenstein’s recommendation and drawing on illustrative diary data, I will explore the proposal that, in addressing such questions about the emergence of language in ontogeny, we should ‘ask’ what children’s development of metalinguistic skills ‘looks like’.

14:10 – 14:30 Coffee break

14:30 – 15:30 Jasper van den Herik (EUR) – The Ontogenetic Origins of Content

I argue that content-sensitivity stems from a child’s growing metalinguistic competence, which allows her to construe verbal responses of other people as expressions of their perspective on the world. This realisation leads to a novel kind of reflexivity: as her attention is educated to the affordances of linguistic behaviour, she becomes able to relate to other people’s relation to the world, and ultimately, to herself as a subject of a perspective on the world.

15:30 – 15:50 Coffee break

15:50 – 16:50 Julian Kiverstein (UvA) – Self-reflection and the affordances of language

I will explore how reflective capacities in humans - capacities for explicit self-conscious reflection are tied to language. I will argue that the capacity for self-reflection has its roots in meta-linguistic capacities - the affordances language offers for talking about talking.

16:50 drinks at Erasmus Paviljoen

13th Workshop Study Group OZSW

Date : Tuesday 16 May 2017
Time:
13:00 – 17:00 hours
Room:
SC 2.01
Place:
University of Antwerp (Belgium)
           Stadscampus, Grote Kauwenberg 18 (map next page, Building D)
           At walking distance from Central Station Antwerp (15 min.)

Programme with two Presentations

  1. M. Kirchoff (University of Wollongong, Australia):
    Breaking Explanatory Boundaries: Mechanism, Dynamicism, and Interventionism
    13:00 – 14:30 hours
  2. Refreshment Break
    14:30 – 15:00 hours
  3. L. van Dijk (University of Amsterdam):
    Laying down a path in talking
    (article at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09515089.2016.1213379)
    15:00 – 16:30 hours

 
Organised by: K. Zahidi (UA) and F.A. Muller (EUR, UU).
Please send an e-message to announce your presence, to: karim.zahidi@remove-this.uantwerpen.be
Also for other local information as well as a paper if for some reason you don't have access to the relevant journals.

Connected to FWO/NWO programme An Enactivist Approach to Language and Mathematics, collaboration between EUR (F.A. Muller) and University of Antwerp (E. Myin).
For details, see: http://www.eur.nl/fw/onderzoek/enactivism

9th Workshop Study Group OZSW

Date: Tuesday 18 October 2016
Time: 13:00 – 17:00 hours
Room: SD 0.17
Place: University of Antwerp (Belgium)
Campus Paardenmarkt, Grote Kauwenberg 18 (map next page, Building D).
At walking distance from Central Station Antwerp.

We discuss three papers, which participants should have read in advance:
1. M. Williams, `Normative Naturalism', International Journal of Philosophical Studies
18.3 (2010) 355–375.

2. T.J. Taylor, `Calibrating the Child for Language: Meredith Williams on a
Wittgensteinian Approach to Language Socialization', Language Sciences 40 (2013)
308—320.

3. D. Moyal-Sharrock, `Wittgenstein's Razor: the Cutting Edge of Enactivism',
American Philosophical Quarterly 50.3 (2013) 263—279.

Organised by: F.A. Muller (EUR), K. Zahidi (UA).

Please send an e-message to announce your presence,
to: karim.zahidi@uantwerpen.be . Also for other local information as well as
a paper if for some reason you don't have access to the relevant journals.

Connected to FWO/NWO programme An Enactivist Approach to Language and
Mathematics, collaboration between EUR (F.A. Muller) and University of
Antwerp (E. Myin). For details, see: http://www.eur.nl/fw/onderzoek/theoretische_filosofie/enactivism/

8th Workshop Study Group OZSW

Date: 15 June 2016
Time: 14:00 - 17:00 hours
Place:
University of Antwerp (Belgium) Campus Paardenmarkt, Gebouw Axenne, Rodestraat 14, nr 3. At walking distance from Central Station Antwerp.

Daniel D. Hutto (University of Wollongong, Australia) will present brand new material from the book he is finishing, together with Erik Myin (University of Antwerp, Belgium), Evolving Enactivism: Basic Minds Meet Content, the successor to their Radicalising Enactivism: Basic Minds without Content (2013). Myin will also be present.

Organised by: K. Zahidi (UA), F.A. Muller (EUR).

Please send an e-message to announce your presence. Also for other local information.

More information.

Connected to FWO/NWO programme An Enactivist Approach to Language and Mathematics, collaboration between EUR (F.A. Muller) and University of Antwerp (E. Myin). For details, see: http://www.eur.nl/fw/onderzoek/theoretische_filosofie/enactivism


6th Workshop Study Group OZSW

Date : Wednesday 16 March 2016
Time: 14:00 – 17:00 hours
Place: University of Antwerp (Belgium) Campus Paardenmarkt, Gebouw Axenne, Rodestraat 14, nr 3 map next page. At walking distance from Central Station Antwerp.

For travellers from The Netherlands: we meet at Rotterdam Central Station,
at platform 4, train to Brussels, departure time: 12:05 hours; ETA: 13:15 hours.

We discuss two papers:
1. D.D. Hutto, G. Satne, ‘The Natural Origins of Content’, Philosophia 43
(2015) 521–536.
2. J. Kiverstein, E. Rietveld, ‘The Primacy of Skilled Intentionality: on Hutto
& Satne’s The Natural Origins of Content’, Philosophia 43 (2015) 701-721.

Organised by: K. Zahidi (UA), F.A. Muller (EUR).

Please send an e-message to announce your presence,
to: karim.zahidi@uantwerpen.be . Also for other local information.

Connected to FWO/NWO programme An Enactivist Approach to Language and
Mathematics, collaboration between EUR (F.A. Muller) and University of
Antwerp (E. Myin).

5th Workshop Study Group OZSW

Date: Tuesday 8 December 2015
Time: 12:00 – 15:00 hours
Place: Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR),
Faculty of Philosophy, Tinbergen Building (aka H-Building, 15th floor), Room H15-29.
Highest Building on campus Woudestein; for a map, see:
www.eur.nl/wegwijzer/plattegronden/woudestein/

Directions (public transport)
From Rotterdam Central Station and from train station Blaak:
Tram lines 21 and 24 in the direction of: De Esch
(stop EUR will be announced: follow the students).
From Rotterdam Central Station only:
Tram line 7 in the direction of: Woudestein (end of the line; takes a detour).

Two talks on the theme of understanding mathematics enactively:
1. Mathematical Proofs: between Orality and Writing,
by Catarina Dutilh-Novaes (Groningen University).
2. Enacting Numerical Concepts,
by Karim Zahidi (University of Antwerp).

The talks will be given consequetively, with a break of about 15 min. in between.
Recommended reading for preparation:
C. Dutilh-Novaes (website: https://sites.google.com/site/catarinadutilhnovaes/papers)

  • ‘A dialogical account of deductive reasoning as a case study for how culture shapes
    cognition’, Journal of Cognition and Culture 13 (2013) 453–476.
  •  ‘Mathematical reasoning and external symbolic systems’, Logique & Analyse 221 (2013) 45–65. K. Zahidi

www.academia.edu/16884109/Radically_Enactive_Numerical_Cognition
Organised by: F.A. Muller (EUR).
Connected to FWO/NWO programme An Enactivist Approach to Language and
Mathematics, collaboration between EUR (F.A. Muller) and University of
Antwerp (E. Myin). For details, see: www.eur.nl/fw/onderzoek/theoretische_filosofie/enactivism/

4th Workshop Study Group OZSW

Date: Wednesday 30 September 2015
Time: 13:00 – 17:30 hours
Place: University of Antwerp (Belgium)
Stadscampus, Grote Kauwenberg 18, room D.424.
At walking distance from Central Station Antwerp; see:
https://google/maps/2u1RfFor travellers from The Netherlands: we meet at Rotterdam Central Station,
at platform 4, train to Brussels, departure time: 11:08 hours; ETA: 12:15 hours.

We have three talks on the programme.

13:00 – 14:15 hours
J.C. van den Herik (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Content in Radical Enactivism

14:30 – 15:45 hours
M.I. Harvey (University of Southern Denmark)
Language as Technology

16:00 - 17:15 hours
E. Myin (University of Antwerp)

Verbal Behavior REConsidered
Organised by: F.A. Muller, J.C. van den Herik (EUR), K. Zahidi (UA).
Please send an e-message to announce your presence, to: karim.zahidi@uantwerpen.be .
Connected to FWO/NWO programme An Enactivist Approach to Language and
Mathematics, collaboration between EUR (F.A. Muller) and University of
Antwerp (E. Myin). For details, see: www.eur.nl/fw/onderzoek/theoretische_filosofie/enactivism/

3rd Workshop Study Group Enactivism OZSW

Date: Wednesday 1 July 2015
Time: 13:00 – 16:00 hours
Place: Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR),
Faculty of Philosophy, Tinbergen Building (aka H-Building), Room H5-32.
Highest Building on campus Woudestein; for a map, see:
www.eur.nl/wegwijzer/plattegronden/woudestein/

Directions (public transport)
From Rotterdam Central Station or from train station Blaak:
Tram lines 21 and 24 in the direction of: De Esch
(stop EUR will be announced in the tram: follow the students).
From Rotterdam Central Station only:
Tram line 7 in the direction of: Woudestein (end of the line; takes a detour).

Two papers will be discussed, which you are supposed to have read:
1. R. Menary, ‘Mathematical Cognition: A Case of Enculturation’, In: T. Metzinger &
J. M. Windt (Eds). Open MIND: 25(T), Frankfurt am Main: MIND Group.
2. H.H. Pattee, ‘Language as a System of Replicable Constraints’, pp. 295–333 of
Laws, Language and Life, Dordrecht: Springer Verlag, 2012, edited by J.
Raczaszek-Leonardi.

Jasper van den Herik will present a report of a recent conference in Istanbul,
where Hutto & Myin’s Radicalizing Enactivism was put in the academic limelight.
Ensuing themes will be discussed.

Organised by: Prof.dr. F.A. Muller & J.C. van den Herik (both EUR).
Please send an e-message to announce your presence (and when you need the
papers), to: jasperherik@gmail.com .
Connected to FWO/NWO programme An Enactivist Approach to Language and
Mathematics, collaboration between EUR (F.A. Muller) and University of
Antwerp (E. Myin). For details, see:
www.eur.nl/fw/onderzoek/theoretische_filosofie/enactivism/

2nd Workshop Study Group OZSW

Date: Wednesday 6 May 2015
Time: 14:00 – 17:30 hours
Place: University of Antwerp (Belgium)

Stadscampus, Grote Kauwenberg 18, room D.328.
At walking distance from Central Station Antwerp; see:
https://google/maps/2u1Rf
For travellers from The Netherlands: we meet at Rotterdam Central Station,
at platform 4, train to Brussels, departure time: 12:05 hours; ETA: 13:15 hours
[see next page].

To atract attention, we shall act out consciously with our stationary embedded
bodies. :-/ [for pictures of how we look, see next page].

Three papers will be discussed, which you are supposed to have read:
1. R. Nunez, ‘Numbers and arithmetic: neither hardwired nor out there’,
Biological Theory 4.1 (2009) 68–83.

2. R. Nunez, ‘Mathematical Ideas analysis: What embodied cognitive science
can say about the human nature of mathematics’; available at
www.cogsci.ucsd.edu/~nunez/web/PME24_Plenary.pdf;

3. L. Decock, ‘The Conceptual Basis of Numerical Abilities: One-to-One
Correspondence versus the Successor Relation’, Philosophical Psychology
21.4 (2009) 459–473.


Organised by: Prof.dr. F.A. Muller (EUR) & dr. K. Zahidi (UA).
Please send an e-message to announce your presence,
to: karim.zahidi@uantwerpen.be .
Connected to FWO/NWO programme An Enactivist Approach to Language and
Mathematics, collaboration between EUR (F.A. Muller) and University of
Antwerp (E. Myin). For details, see:
www.eur.nl/fw/onderzoek/theoretische_filosofie/enactivism/

1st Workshop Study Group OZSW

Date: Wednesday 25 February 2015
Time: 13:00 – 16:00 hours
Place: Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR),
Faculty of Philosophy, Tinbergen Building (aka H-Building), Room H5-01.
Highest Building on campus Woudestein; for a map, see:
www.eur.nl/wegwijzer/plattegronden/woudestein/

Directions (public transport)
From Rotterdam Central Station or from train station Blaak:
Tram lines 21 and 24 in the direction of: De Esch
(stop EUR will be announced: follow the students).
From Rotterdam Central Station only:
Tram line 7 in the direction of: Woudestein (end of the line; takes a detour).

Three papers will be discussed, which you are supposed to have read:

1. ‘From Participatory Sense-Making to Language: There and Back Again’,
E.C. Cuffari, E. Di Paolo, H. De Jaegher,
Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 2014 (online).

2. `Word as Object: a View of Language at Hand’,
J.Z. Elias, S. Gallagher,
Journal of Cognition and Culture 14 (2014) 373-384.

3. ‘Enactivism, Action and Normativity: a Wittgensteinian Analysis’,
M. Heras-Escribano, J. Noble, M. de Pinedo,
Adaptive Behaviour 23.1 (2015) 1-14.

Organised by: Prof.dr. F.A. Muller & J.C. van den Herik (both EUR).
Please send an e-message to announce your presence,
to: jasperherik@gmail.com
Connected to FWO/NWO programme An Enactivist Approach to Language and
Mathematics, collaboration between EUR (F.A. Muller) and University of
Antwerp (E. Myin). For details, see:
www.eur.nl/fw/onderzoek/theoretische_filosofie/enactivism/