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The Extended Theory of Cognitive Creativity

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Performativity

  • Antonino Pennisi
  • Alessandra Falzone

Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Antonino Pennisi, Alessandra Falzone
    Pages 1-5
  3. General Introduction

  4. Embodied, Enactivist, Philosophical Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Shaun Gallagher
      Pages 43-58
  5. Extended Theory Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Mathew D. McCubbins, Mark Turner
      Pages 89-102
    3. Pietro Perconti
      Pages 103-113
  6. Aesthetics Approaches

  7. Naturalistic and Evolutionary Approaches

About this book


This edited volume focuses on the hypothesis that performativity is not a property confined to certain specific human skills, or to certain specific acts of language, nor an accidental enrichment due to creative intelligence. Instead, the executive and motor component of cognitive behavior should be considered an intrinsic part of the physiological functioning of the mind, and as endowed with self-generative power. Performativity, in this theoretical context, can be defined as a constituent component of cognitive processes. The material action allowing us to interact with reality is both the means by which the subject knows the surrounding world and one through which he experiments with the possibilities of his body. This proposal is rooted in models now widely accepted in the philosophy of mind and language; in fact, it focuses on a space of awareness that is not in the individual, or outside it, but is determined by the species-specific ways in which the body acts on the world. This theoretical hypothesis will be pursued through the latest interdisciplinary methodology typical of cognitive science, that coincide with the five sections in which the book is organized: Embodied, enactivist, philosophical approaches; Aesthetics approaches; Naturalistic and evolutionary approaches; Neuroscientific approaches; Linguistics approaches. This book is intended for: linguists, philosophers, psychologists, cognitive scientists, scholars of art and aesthetics, performing artists, researchers in embodied cognition, especially enactivists and students of the extended mind.


Performativity theory Creative philosophy of language and mind A radical enactivist approach to social cognition Oral poetry as written performance Neural Representations in Context

Editors and affiliations

  • Antonino Pennisi
    • 1
  • Alessandra Falzone
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Cognitive ScienceUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Cognitive Science, Psychology, Education and Cultural StudiesUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly

About the editors

Antonino Pennisi and Alessandra Falzone are both full professors of Philosophy of Language at the Department of Cognitive Sciences of the University of Messina. In different years they have coordinated the PhD of “Cognitive Sciences” of the same University. Among their books: Darwinian Biolinguistics: Theory and History of a naturalistic philosophy of language and pragmatics (Springer, Cham, 2016); Il prezzo del linguaggio. Evoluzione ed estinzione nelle scienze cognitive (Il Mulino, Bologna, 2010); Le scienze della natura e la natura del linguaggio umano (Mucchi, Modena, 2012). Among their most recent essays: Performative dimensions in cognitive sciences and Performativity and evolution, “RSL. Italian Journal of Cognitive Sciences”, 1/2018; Cognitive Pragmatics and Evolutionism, in A. Capone, M. Carapezza, F. Lo Piparo (eds.), Further Advances in Pragmatics and philosophy (Springer, Cham, 2019) ; Continuità strutturale e discontinuità cognitiva nel linguaggio articolato: modelli teorici e bilanci empirici, “Sistemi Intelligenti”, I/2019; 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Extended Theory of Cognitive Creativity
  • Book Subtitle Interdisciplinary Approaches to Performativity
  • Editors Antonino Pennisi
    Alessandra Falzone
  • Series Title Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-22089-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-22092-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-22090-7
  • Series ISSN 2214-3807
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-3815
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 358
  • Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Pragmatics
    Cognitive Linguistics
    Philosophy of Language
    Philosophy of Mind
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