CfP (Journal): “Pretense and Imagination from the Perspective of 4E Cognitive Science”

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Call for papers from the journal Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences for a special issue. Deadline of 1 August 2020.

Call for Papers
Journal: Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
Special Issue: “Pretense and Imagination from the Perspective of 4E Cognitive Science”

Deadline: 1 August 2020

The purpose of the special issue is to investigate whether or not 4E Cognition approaches to pretense and imagination are workable, or even provide the best explanations of the respective phenomena. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences invite contributions addressing the following questions:
> What does an explanation of phenomena of pretense and imagination by 4E Cognitive Science look like?
> Can 4E Cognitive Science explain all phenomena of pretense and imagination, or are there specific “high-level” pretend and imaginative phenomena that are difficult for 4E Cognition to explain?
> Are there aspects of pretend play or imagination that can be explained only, or best, by 4E Cognitive Science?
> What is the scope and the limit of 4E Cognition’s approach to pretense and imagination?
> Does the fictional character of imaginary engagements provide a problem for embodied-enactive explanations?
> Do particular phenomena of pretense and imagination require representing, and if so, what form of representing? Can they be explained by reference to affordances instead?
> Can there be basic ‘radically enactive’ imagination that is contentless? Is there then also contentful non-basic imagination, and how would basic imagination relate to it?
> Which cognitive states and behavioral skills are needed in order to develop imaginative skills and creativity? How does the material and social environment affect such development?
> Can practices of pretend and imaginative play help in the acquisition of other cognitive skills, such as counterfactual reasoning, planning or decision making?
> What is the relationship between pretend play practices such as role-playing, and cultural and institutional practices where we embody different social roles and follow institutionalized rules?
> Can 4E Cognitive Science of pretense and imagination be strengthened by interweaving it with resources from phenomenology?
> Can 4E Cognitive Science be incorporated into empirical investigations that study pretend and imaginative engagements?

Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences appreciate interdisciplinary contributions from philosophy, psychology, and other fields.

Manuscripts not exceeding 7000 words (excluding abstract and references) should be submitted directly to the journal via the journal wesbite. Under ‘select article type’ please select “SI: Pretense and Imagination from the Perspective of 4E Cognitive Science”. For more details, see Phil Events site.

Guest Editors:
> Zuzanna Rucińska, Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp, Belgium, [email protected] | website
> Martin Weichold, Institute for Philosophy, University of Regensburg, Germany, [email protected] | website