N°76 - 2022/1

John Stewart: Tribute/Legacy/Debate

Lenay Charles
To be published soon: Special issue (#76) of journal Intellectica (Intellectica.org), coordinated by Charles Lenay

John Stewart: Tribute/Legacy/Debate

John Stewart has deeply influenced several generations of scientists in cognitive science. He entered the ARco (the society of cognitive research) at its beginning. Many young researchers met him during the activities, the summer schools and the symposia of this scientific society, or through the reading of his numerous papers published in Intellectica. His catching passion and his gift to start debates and arguments offered to the scientific field of cognitive science colors and issues on the existential as well as theoretical grounds. He stood up for an initiative of non-reductional naturalism, binding phenomenological experiences and scientific explanations. In biology, he fought against the reduction of the living (evolution and morphogenesis) to the sole genetic information. In cognitive science, he promoted an enactive approach against several forms of computationalism. These two struggles were gathered under the banner « Life=cognition ». Meanwhile, inside the Compiègne school, he defended the idea of the technical and social constitutivity of human cognition. He searched for the understanding of both the origins and the structures of high- and low-order cognitive abilities (perception, language or reasoning) through the species evolution, the hominization process, the history of technics and the development of social organization.
This special issue aims at gathering several contributions to these issues that could challenge the writings of John Stewart, in order to show that the multiform work he left to the community and to the society is still alive.

The articles published by Intellectica, in French or in English, are not highly technical so that they can be read by a wide range of readers having already a certain acquaintance with the domain. The articles have an epistemological character, and attempt to give an account of the main tendencies around the theme in question. Potential authors can consult the online archives of Intellectica to see the sort of article that the journal has published over the years (http://intellectica.org/fr/numeros).

Please send you manuscript (or your questions) to soumission@intellectica.org
Instructions for authors: http://intellectica.org/fr/auteurs
Deadline: 27th january 2022

Scheduled for the Summer of 2022

Some references:
- Stewart, J. (1992). Life = cognition: The epistemological and ontological significance of artificial life. In F. J. Varela & P. Bourgine (Éds.), Toward a practice of autonomous systems: Proceedings of the First European Conference on Artificial Life (p. 475 483). The MIT Press.
- Stewart, J. (1993) « Au-delà de l’inné et de l’acquis ». Intellectica 16, no 1: 151 74.
- Stewart, J. (1995). Cognition= life: Implications for higher-level cognition. Behavioural processes, 35(1 3), 311 326.
- Stewart, J., R. Scheps, et P. Clément. (1997) « Une interprétation biologique de l’interprétation ». In Herméneutique, Sciences, Textes, édité par J-M Salanskis et F. Rastier, 1. Umwelt et interprétation : 209 31. Paris : PUF.
- Stewart, J. (1997) « On the evolutionary origins of representations and intentions ». In Auto-organisation et Comportement, édité par G. Theraulaz, 39 47. Paris : Hermès.
- Stewart, J. (2001) « Radical Constructivism in Biology and Cognitive Science ». Foundations of Science 6: 99 124.
- Stewart, J. (2001) « La conscience en tant que métaphore spatiale : la théorie de Jaynes ». Intellectica 32, no 1: 87 110.
- Havelange, V., C. Lenay, et J. Stewart. « Les représentations : mémoire externe et objets techniques ». Intellectica 35, no 2 (2002): 115 29.
- Lenay, C., J. Stewart, et O. Gapenne. (2002 ) « Espace d’action technique et geste perceptif ». Le geste technique : réflexions méthodologiques et anthropologiques, Revue d’Anthropologie des connaissances, Technologies /Idéologies / Pratiques, 215 30.
- Bourgine, P., et J. Stewart. (2004) « Autopoiesis and cognition ». Artificial life 10, no 3: 327 45.
- Stewart, J. (2008) « The Mind Is Not In the Brain ». Constructivist Foundations 4, no 1: 17.
- Steiner, P., & Stewart, J. (2009). From autonomy to heteronomy (and back): The enaction of social life. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 8(4), 527 550.
- Froese, T., & Stewart, J. (2010). Life After Ashby: Ultrastability and the Autopoietic Foundations of Biological Autonomy. Cybernetics & Human Knowing, 17(4), 7 49.
- Steiner, P., et J. Stewart, éd. (2010) Philosophie, technologie, cognition. 53/54. Intellectica,
- Stewart, J., Gapenne, O., & Di Paolo, E. (2010). Enaction: A new paradigm for cognitive science. MIT Press.
- Lenay, C., J. Stewart, M. Rohde, et A. A. Amar. (2011) « You never fail to surprise me: the hallmark of the Other: Experimental study and simulations of perceptual crossing ». Interaction Studies 12, no 3: 373 96.
- Stewart, J. R. (2015). Formes de pensée, formes de vie sociale : Une enquête à propos de l’origine des catégories. Intellectica, 63(1), 93 124.
- Stewart, J. et V. Havelange. (2015) « Cognition humaine individuelle et collective : Le cas de la crise écologique ». Intellectica 64, no 2 : 77 86.
- Stewart, J. (2019). Breathing Life Into Biology (Unabridged édition). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.