How the Body Shapes the Mind
By (author) Shaun Gallagher
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How the Body Shapes the Mind by Shaun Gallagher
Book DescriptionHow 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. Gallagher pursues two basic sets of questions. The first set consists of questions about the phenomenal aspects of the structure of experience, and specifically the relatively regular and constant features that we find in the content of our experience. If throughout conscious experience there is a constant reference to one's own body, even if this is a recessive or marginal awareness, then that reference constitutes a structural feature of the phenomenal field of consciousness, part of a framework that is likely to determine or influence all other aspects of experience. The second set of questions concerns aspects of the structure of experience that are more hidden, those that may be more difficult to get at because they happen before we know it. They do not normally enter into the content of experience in an explicit way, and are often inaccessible to reflective consciousness. To what extent, and in what ways, are consciousness and cognitive processes, which include experiences related to perception, memory, imagination, belief, judgement, and so forth, shaped or structured by the fact that they are embodied in this way?
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199271948
(242mm x 163mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 27-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Shaun Gallagher
Oxford Handbook of the Self, Paperback (September 2013)
The Oxford Handbook of the Self explores a fascinating diversity of questions about our understanding of self from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, ethics, psychology, neuroscience, psychopathology, narrative, and postmodern theories.
How the Body Shapes the Mind, Paperback (October 2006)
Offers an examination of the role played by the body in perception and in the development and practice of thinking. This book uses the concepts of body image and body schema to address a range of philosophical questions about cognition, drawing on work in developmental psychology, brain research, and studies of unusual pathologies.
Models of the Self, Paperback (June 2000)» View all books by Shaun Gallagher
Offers a long history of inquiry about human nature and the self stretches from the ancient tradition of Socratic self-knowledge in the context of ethical life to contemporary discussions of brain function in cognitive science.
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Author Biography - Shaun Gallagher
Shaun Gllagher teaches in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Central Florida.
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