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In a rare collaboration, a world famous brain scientist and an eminent philosopher have joined forces in an effort to understand how our brain interacts with the world. Does the brain behave as a calculator, combining sensory data before deciding how to act? Or does it behave as an emulator endowed with innate models of the world, which it corrects according to the results of experiences obtained by the senses? The two authors come from very different backgrounds - the philosopher Jean-Luc Petit belongs to the philosophical tradition of Husserlian phenomenology. Alain Berthoz has long been interested in the physiology of action (movement, posture, decision-making, perception, etc.).
Drawing on cutting-edge research from the cognitive sciences, the authors have produced a highly original volume showing how phenomenology and physiology can interact to further our understanding of the brain and the mind.
1 Representation versus action 1
2 Getting past the traditional concepts 27
3 Anticipation and prediction 61
4 Who's afraid of the transcendental subject? 75
5 Prolegomena to a theory of constitution 121
6 A kinaesthetic theory of constitution 141
7 The constitution of the own body 179
8 A key to intersubjectivity: conjoint constitution 237