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The Primacy of Movement

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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 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.
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Amsterdam; Philadelphia 1999 Paperback Sunned spine, but copy is very clean and tightly-bound. Fine. Octavo, xxxiii, 583 p.; 22 cm. Scarce || Movement; Philosophy; Psychology.

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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 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.
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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.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Notes
Sect. I Foundations 1
Ch. 1 Neandertals 3
Ch. 2: Pt. I Consciousness: A Natural History 41
Ch. 2: Pt. II Consciousness: An Aristotelian Account 89
Ch. 3 The Primacy of Movement 131
Sect. II Methodology 177
Ch. 4 Husserl and Von Helmholtz - and the Possibility of a Trans-Disciplinary Communal Task 179
Ch. 5 On Learning to Move Oneself: A Constructive Phenomenology 223
Ch. 6 Merleau-Ponty: A Man in Search of a Method 273
Ch. 7 Does Philosophy Begin (and End) in Wonder? or What Is the Nature of a Philosophic Act? A Methodological Postscript 321
Sect. III Applications 343
Ch. 8 On the Significance of Animate Form 345
Ch. 9 Human Speech Perception and an Evolutionary Semantics 371
Ch. 10 Why a Mind Is Not a Brain and a Brain Is Not a Body 401
Ch. 11 What Is It Like to Be a Brain? 451
Ch. 12 Thinking in Movement 483
References 519
Index of Subjects 549
Index of Names 577
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