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date: 10 April 2021

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While Gallagher, Pacherie, Rowlands, and de Vignemont focus on various aspects of a coupling between brain, body, and environment, they want to explain different cognitive and especially perceptual phenomena. Subsequently, we ask in detail for their explanatory aims regarding the specific explananda and the plausibility of each explanans. Thereby, a comparison of given accounts requires a closer evaluation concerning the possible scope of influential factors, theoretical backgrounds of interpretation and, last but not least, if the arguments are conclusive. Sometimes the requirements for the conclusions seem controversial, maybe unwarranted, or the overall explanatory aim is unclear. With each contribution, we get insightful examples for and revealing views into diverse perceptual phenomena with reference to a coupling between brain, body, and environment. After all, our purpose is to suggest a general framework to integrate and understand different approaches to explain cognitive outcomes.

Keywords: brain, body, environment, embodiment, perception, explanation, extension, cognition, perception, methodology

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