| Meeting Description:
||The theme of the 2017 seminar is “Ecological Cognition and Metaphor”. The goal of the seminar is to relate the newest tendencies within cognitive science to the study of metaphor and other forms of figurative language. In recent years a new way of looking at the notion of cognition is gaining ground, often labelled as 4E-cognition (embodied, enacted, embedded and extended cognition). The basic claim is that cognition cannot be reserved to individual processes in the head (and body) only; rather cognition is seen as “a doing”; it is something we do in our active and explorative sense-making with the bio-social environment. Thus, an ecological turn is on its way within cognitive science that seeks to explore thought, feeling and action as inter-related dimensions of an agent-environment system. The seminar will investigate these new approaches in relation to the study of metaphor, i.e.: If cognition is no longer to be seen as solely a property of the individual mind where does it leave a cognitive approach to metaphor? Can we investigate metaphor as evolving constraints on experience, thought and feeling within a distributed cognitive system? What is the role of metaphor in the creation of the interpersonal mind, e.g., how can metaphors be studied as affordances for joint action and thinking?