Shaun Gallagher – A well-trodden path: From phenomenology to enactivism

A well-trodden path: From phenomenology to enactivism – Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis)


I argue that many of the insights of enactivism are already to be found in phenomenology. This is unsurprising given that phenomenology had a significant influence on Varela, Thompson and others in the enactivist camp. Still, this is complicated by the fact that other enactivists don’t necessarily follow the phenomenological tradition. Furthermore, there is a significant roadblock on the path between phenomenology and enactivism — namely the question of naturalization. Although there are a number of ways to get around this roadblock, I argue for a radical detour that takes seriously the idea that enactivism can be understood as a philosophy of nature.