Pace Giannotta A. (2017) Varela on the Pragmatic Dimension of Phenomenology. Constructivist Foundations 13(1): 78–81. Fulltext at https://cepa.info/4401
Varela on the Pragmatic Dimension of Phenomenology.
Constructivist Foundations 13(1): 78–81.
Fulltext at https://cepa.info/4401
Open peer commentary on the article “Varela’s Radical Proposal: How to Embody and Open Up Cognitive Science” by Kristian Moltke Martiny. Upshot: I examine Varela’s relationship with Husserl’s phenomenology, highlighting Varela’s acknowledgment of the pragmatic dimension of its phenomenological reduction. I argue that Varela sees, in some developments of phenomenology, a deconstruction of the subject-object duality and an embodied view of the mind. I also highlight the existential dimension of Varela’s radical proposal, which contributes to further opening up and embodying cognitive science.