030103 Merleau-Ponty and Cognitive Science (Venter)

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This seminar will offer an exploration of Merleau-Ponty's contributions to the field of cognitive science. Merleau-Ponty's work is known for its emphasis on embodiment, perception, and the lived experience, and has had a profound impact on our understanding of the mind-body relationship. Throughout the seminar, we will delve into key concepts and examine his critique of traditional cognitive science that prioritizes disembodied and cognitivist models of cognition. We will thereby seek to understand the implications for rethinking cognitive science in terms of an embodied and enactive framework. We will analyze and critically examine the intersections between Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology and contemporary cognitive science research. Literature will be provided on Moodle.