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Primacy of Movement
     

Primacy of Movement

by Maxine Sheets-Johnstone
 

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Through diligent and rigorous attention to both natural history and phenomenological accounts of kinetic phenomena, particularly the phenomenon of self-movement, this richly interdisciplinary book brings to the fore the long-neglected topic of animate form and with it, a long-neglected inquiry into the significance of animation. It addresses methodological and

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Through diligent and rigorous attention to both natural history and phenomenological accounts of kinetic phenomena, particularly the phenomenon of self-movement, this richly interdisciplinary book brings to the fore the long-neglected topic of animate form and with it, a long-neglected inquiry into the significance of animation. It addresses methodological and foundational issues at length. In its detailed and extensive examinations and analyses of movement — which range from Aristotle’s recognition of motion as the principle of nature to a critique of the common notion of movement as change of position, from critiques of present-day materialists’ trivializations of movement as mere output to kinesthetically-tethered accounts of the qualia of movement, from expositions of an evolutionary semantics and of the tactile-kinesthetic body as generative source of corporeal concepts to expositions of thinking in movement and of the pan-human phenomenon of learning to move oneself — this book lays out in ground-breaking ways fundamental epistemological and metaphysical dimensions of animate life. (Series A)

Editorial Reviews

Dan Zahavi
The Primacy of Movement is a thought provoking book that is highly recommended to anybody interested in "the corporeal turn." It contains a whole range of fascinating analyses of bodily movement. One of its great strenghts is Sheets-Johnstone's familiarity with natural science. In her exploration of the body, Sheets-Johnstone has certainly not remained in the armchair and she provides the reader with intriguing information, much of which should be novel to the average phenomenologist. By arguing to the current discussion concerning the possibility of reconciling phenomenology and the project of naturalization.
Steven Rose
It shouldn’t, but it does take a dancer and philosopher to tell neuroscientists what they ought to have known but have consistently ignored. As Maxine Sheets-Johnstone makes so clear, brains/minds did not evolve to solve the toy problems beloved of cognitive neuroscience or to be the passive recipients of sense data, but to provide their owners with kinaesthetic awareness of their place and space in their dynamic environment and to devise action plans to engage with that environment.
Anthony J. Steinbock
While many contemporary philosophers and cognitive scientists have recognized the epistemic significance of the body, very few have traveled the “corporeal turn” toward the deeper problem of movement. Maxine Sheets-Johnstone’s groundbreaking work, The Primacy of Movement, does just this by rigorously exploring the fundamental role that movement plays in becoming human. Returning to the self-evidence of first-person experience, Sheets-Johnstone systematically and effectively gives voice to the constitutive centrality of movement often overlooked in philosophies of knowledge and embodiment. This is a marvelous, creative undertaking that yields a much needed clarification of our critical investigations into the reality of life itself.
Larissa Lai
In The Primacy of Movement, Sheets-Johnstone gives us a comprehensive trans-disciplinary examination of human movement and the long withstanding mind-body debate. A philosopher herself, Sheets-Johnstone uses her analytic ability to tackle the question in a deeply critical and precise manner
Linnda R. Caporael
Although Sheets-Johnstone writes for a philosophically erudite audience, the rest of us, whether in neuroscience, psychology, or anthropology, will find in The Primacy of Movement a magnificent choreography through description, theory, methodology and analysis of the body-in-motion. She vividly shows how our kinetic bodies, always interacting with the world, provide scaffolds and templates for human minds, and ground the elaboration of consciousness and culture in evolution, ontogeny and daily life. Hers is a far richer understanding of human evolutionary studies than ever promised by Neo-Darwinism or imagined by Darwin himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556191947
Publisher:
John Benjamins Publishing Company
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Series:
Advances in Consciousness Research Series
Pages:
618
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x 0.06(d)

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