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What is alive and what is dead in J.J. Gibson ecological theory of perception

Add to calendar 2023-02-08 13:30 2023-02-08 15:00 Europe/Rome Environment and information Sala del Capitolo Badia Fiesolana YYYY-MM-DD


08 February 2023

13:30 - 15:00 CET


Sala del Capitolo

Badia Fiesolana

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This lecture by Mattia Della Rocca is part of the EUI History of Science and Medicine Working Group's series about the History of the Human Mind.

In this presentation, Mattia Della Rocca will discuss James J. Gibson's The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception from 1979. Through the analysis of Gibson's book, Mattia Della Rocca will present his work in progress about the historical evolution of psychology and cognitive science. In the past two decades, historians and philosophers of psychiatry and psychology have been using a definition of the mind as the "embodied cognition". The epistemic entitlement of this "enactive turn" are to be understood alongside their consequences on psychiatry and "abnormal" psychology. In this framework, Mattia Della Rocca’s presentation will put in perspective the concept "cognitive environment" by looking at both its classical definition within behavioural environment studies and its more recent development in environmental humanities and the psychology of digital environments. 

The session is based on a reading that you can request by sending a mail to Timo Houtekamer

Please register in order to get a seat or to receive the ZOOM link.


Maxime Guttin (EUI)


Mattia Della Rocca (Università di Roma, Tor Vergata)

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