Hanne De Jaegher
Prof. Hanne De Jaegher is a philosopher and a cognitive scientist, working to better understand how we think, work, play—basically, live and love—together. She has been developing the theory of intersubjectivity called participatory sense-making. Grounded in enactive cognitive science, dynamical systems theory, and phenomenology, this theory is being applied across academic and practical disciplines, such as neuroscience, psychiatry, architecture, psychology, the social sciences, music, education, various forms of therapy, the arts, and understanding autism.
Prof. De Jaegher’s interest is not only in scientifically understanding how we participate in social interactions and how this changes us, but also in helping us become better at understanding each other, especially across differences. Her latest project brings this together in the idea of an engaged—even engaging—epistemology, which understands knowing as based in the ongoing existential tensions of loving relationships, namely those between being oneself and being in relation.
Her co-authored book Linguistic Bodies: The Continuity Between Life and Language, written with Profs. Ezequiel Di Paolo and Elena Cuffari, was published by MIT Press in 2018.