Conceptual and practical reflexions on the systems perspective


Host Institution: University of Antwerpen

Department that hosts the PhD: Centre for Philosophical Psychology

Contact: Prof. dr. Myin (use this email contact only to request additional information, do NOT use this email for applications)


Note that for this project the PhD student will be appointed for four years!


Project description

REPAIRS is a European Training Network (ETN) within the H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovation Training Network programme. REPAIRS takes a systems perspective on rehabilitation, which is based on the idea that perception and action in everyday behavior emerge from mutual, nonlinear interactions among components. The PhD projects exploit knowledge from Dynamic Systems Theory, Ecological Psychology and 4E-cognition to understand the interactions and relations among components that make up the perception-action cycle.

The integrated systems approach will be instrumental in REPAIRS overall and applied to a range of subject matters concerning rehabilitation. Project 15 seeks a philosopher with a background in Embodied and Embedded approaches to cognition. The project will take the use of integrated systems approach across the different domains and practices within REPAIRS as its object of investigation. In four different subprojects the PhD candidate will reflexively apply the systems approach to the relations between the scientific and practical domains defined in REPAIRS. Combining conceptual and logical analysis and ethnography she or he will conduct participatory studies of how the groups work together in REPAIRS. Understanding how norms and values take shape in the coordination of different practices in REPAIRS is crucial to appreciate the scope of the systems perspective guiding REPAIRS. Reciprocally, by understanding tension between differing practices as processes of coordination this project will contribute to formulating requirements for translating scientific results to clinical effects.


People involved

Prof. dr. Myin

Dr. van Dijk

Dr. Golenia

Dr. Tacconi

Dr. Jacobs


Key publications

Hutto, D. D., & Myin, E. (2013). Radicalizing enactivism: Basic minds without content. MIT Press.

van Dijk, L., & Myin, E. (2019). Reasons for pragmatism: affording epistemic contact in a shared environment. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences18(5), 973-997.

van Dijk, L., & Myin, E. (2019). Ecological Neuroscience: From Reduction to Proliferation of Our Resources. Ecological Psychology31(3), 254-268.


Specific required skills of PhD student

Skill area
Language (writing) English
Language (speaking) English, Dutch (preferred or willingness to learn)
Statistical programs
Background Philosophy of cognition

Philosophy of science

Philosophy of technology

Project specific knowledge 4E-cognition

Anthropology/ethnography (preferred or willingness to learn)


Project characteristics

Primary focus project Systems perspective

Scientific practice guided by systems perspective

Methods Logical and philosophical analysis

Participatory field studies