The plurality of cognitive formats and engagements: Moving between the familiar and the public

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Abstract

Cognitive forms vary considerably as a human being detaches herself from what is closest and most personal and moves to communicate – in the broad sense of taking part in a common matter – across increasing relational distances. The article proposes to deal with the variety of cognitive formats which cannot ‘commonize’ cognition to an equal degree, relating them to a set of regimes of engagement with the world that are identified in terms of the dependency between the human agent and her environment. The good that engagement aims to guarantee orients how reality is grasped and specifies the format of what constitutes relevant information. This analysis offers new insight into the composition of communities as well as persons who have to cope with the plurality of cognitive formats and engagements from the very familiar to the most public.

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  • Action
  • Cognition
  • Convention
  • Coordination
  • Engagement
  • Information

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  • Laurent Thvenot

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