Psychopathology and the enactive mind
Oxford University Press
According to the ‘enactive’ approach in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, mental states are neither identical with, nor reducible to, brain activity. Rather, the mind is enacted or brought forth by the whole situated living organism in virtue of its specific structure and organization. Although increasingly influential in cognitive science, the enactive approach has had little to do with psychopathology so far. In this chapter I thus first outline this approach in some detail, and then illustrate its conceptual and methodological connections to psychopathology. I also provide some indications on how to develop a more explicitly ‘enactive psychopathology’.