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This exciting book provides a coherent framework for an action-oriented view of cognition. By synthesizing recent advances with historical perspectives, it provides an exciting and often provocative perspective for those seeking to understand the workings of the brain. -- Daniel Wolpert, Professor of Engineering, University of Cambridge The Pragmatic Turn promises to be a landmark in the rapidly developing science of mind and human experience. Bringing together some of the brightest and the best in this rapidly changing field, Engel, Friston, and Kragic challenge us to rethink the place of action in theories of the mental. The pragmatic turn is one of the major shifts in thought about the mind in recent years; The Pragmatic Turn would serve scholars at all levels, and in a wide range of fields such as psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and philosophy, and is sure to be read and argued about foryears to come. -- Alva Noe, Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, and the author, most recently, of Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature This volume pushes the boundaries of cutting-edge work on the pragmatic turn. It is no mere collection of papers, but offers quality research from worldwide experts in a systematic and cohesive way. -- Rick Grush, Professor of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego Biological brains are devices for selecting the right action at the right time. Such an 'action-oriented' perspective has major implications for the shape and nature of a mature science of the embodied mind. This groundbreaking volume explores those implications from an impressive variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, robotics, and cognitive and computational neuroscience. A wonderful collection, and essential reading for everyone interested in contemporary thinking about mind and action. -- Andy Clark FBA, FRSE, Professor of Logic and Metaphysics, University of Edinburgh

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Andreas K. Engel is Professor of Physiology and Head of the Department of Neurophysiology and Pathophysiology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. Karl J. Friston is Wellcome Principal Fellow and Scientific Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging and a Professor at University College London. Danica Kragic is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Autonomous Systems at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Andreas K. Engel is Professor of Physiology and Head of the Department of Neurophysiology and Pathophysiology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. Karl J. Friston is Wellcome Principal Fellow and Scientific Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging and a Professor at University College London. Danica Kragic is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Autonomous Systems at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Moshe Bar is Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University. Thomas Metzinger is Professor of Philosophy and Fellow at the Gutenberg Research College at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat, Mainz, and an Adjunct Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Study in Frankfurt am Main. He is the editor of Neural Correlates of Consciousness and the author of Being No One, both published by the MIT Press. John K. Tsotsos is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Distinguished Research Professor of Vision Science, Canada Research Chair in Computational Vision at York University, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC). Richard Menary is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Wollongong. He is the author of Cognitive Integration and other books. Shaun Gallagher is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Central Florida and coeditor of the journal Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. Wolfgang Prinz is Director Emeritus of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science in Leipzig, and the author of Open Minds: The Social Making of Agencyand Intentionality (MIT Press, 2012).

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