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Overview

How the Body Shapes the Mind is an interdisciplinary work that addresses philosophical questions by appealing to evidence found in experimental psychology, neuroscience, studies of pathologies, and developmental psychology. There is a growing consensus across these disciplines that the contribution of embodiment to cognition is inescapable. Because this insight has been developed across a variety of disciplines, however, there is still a need to develop a common vocabulary that is capable of integrating discussions of brain mechanisms in neuroscience, behavioural expressions in psychology, design concerns in artificial intelligence and robotics, and debates about embodied experience in the phenomenology and philosophy of mind. Shaun Gallagher's book aims to contribute to the formulation of that common vocabulary and to develop a conceptual framework that will avoid both the overly reductionistic approaches that explain everything in terms of bottom-up neuronal mechanisms, and inflationistic approaches that explain everything in terms of Cartesian, top-down cognitive states.
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"Indeed, many researchers will wish they had had this volume before publishing their own work, not because it presents startling new findings that will undermine what has come before, but because the work is so precise, and lays out the terrain so clearly, that it is now possible to see what should have been said all along."—Philosophical Psychology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199204168
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/7/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 492,245
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Shaun Gllagher teaches in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Central Florida.

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Table of Contents

1 The terms of embodiment 17
2 The case of the missing schema 40
3 The earliest senses of self and others 65
4 Pursuing a phantom 86
5 The body in gesture 107
6 Prenoetic constraints on perception and action 133
7 Neurons and neonates : reflections on the molyneux problem 153
8 Complex structures and common dynamics of self-awareness 173
9 The interactive practice of mind 206
10 Before you know it 237
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    great embodiment related book

    Good thought provoking read

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