On the notion of representation in S. Moscovici and F. Varela

An analysis of the notion of representation is proposed from the encounter of Serge Moscovici's theory of social representations and Francisco Varela's enactive approach. While the theory of social representations defends and stands for the notion of representation, the enactive approach constitutes and asserts itself from the criticism of informational and representational paradigms. Is the notion of representation the same in both cases? The objective is to understand the place and meaning attributed to the notion of representation in both theories. The distinction established by Varela for the meaning of strong and weak representation will be extremely relevant here.

Social representation; cognition; Varela; Moscovici


Associação Brasileira de Psicologia Social Programa de Pós-graduação em Psicologia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Centro de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (CFCH), Av. da Arquitetura S/N - 7º Andar - Cidade Universitária, Recife - PE - CEP: 50740-550 - Belo Horizonte - MG - Brazil
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