ISBN: 9780262337120 | 456 pp. | May 2017

Embodiment, Enaction, and Culture

Investigating the Constitution of the Shared World
Recent accounts of cognition attempt to overcome the limitations of traditional cognitive science by reconceiving cognition as enactive and the cognizer as an embodied being who is embedded in biological, psychological, and cultural contexts. Cultural forms of sense-making constitute the shared world, which in turn is the origin and place of cognition. This volume is the first interdisciplinary collection on the cultural context of embodiment, offering perspectives that range from the neurophilosophical to the anthropological.
The book brings together new contributions by some of the most renowned scholars in the field and the latest results from up-and-coming researchers. The contributors explore conceptual foundations, drawing on work by Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, and Sartre, and respond to recent critiques. They consider whether there is something in the self that precedes intersubjectivity and inquire into the relation between culture and consciousness, the nature of shared meaning and social understanding, the social dimension of shame, and the nature of joint affordances. They apply the notion of radical enactive cognition to evolutionary anthropology, and examine the concept of the body in relation to culture in light of studies in such fields as phenomenology, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, and psychopathology. Through such investigations, the book breaks ground for the study of the interplay of embodiment, enaction, and culture.
Mark Bickhard, Ingar Brinck, Anna Ciaunica, Hanne De Jaegher, Nicolas de Warren, Ezequiel Di Paolo, Christoph Durt, John Z. Elias, Joerg Fingerhut, Aikaterini Fotopoulou, Thomas Fuchs, Shaun Gallagher, Vittorio Gallese, Duilio Garofoli, Katrin Heimann, Peter Henningsen, Daniel D. Hutto, Laurence J. Kirmayer, Alba Montes Sánchez, Dermot Moran, Maxwell J. D. Ramstead, Matthew Ratcliffe, Vasudevi Reddy, Zuzanna Rucińska, Alessandro Salice, Glenda Satne, Heribert Sattel, Christian Tewes, Dan Zahavi

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: The Interplay of Embodiment, Enaction, and Culture
  2. 1. Interorporeality and Intersubjectivity: A Phenomenological Exploration of Embodiment

    Dermot Moran

  3. 2. We Are, Therefore I Am - I Am, Therefore We Are: The Third in Sartre's Social Ontology

    Nicolas de Warren

  4. 3. Consciousness, Culture, and Significance

    Christoph Durt

  5. 4. Neither Individualistic nor Interactionist

    Ezeqieul Di Paolo and Hanne De Jaegher

  6. 5. Continuity Skepticism in Doubt: A Radically Enactive Take

    Daniel D. Hutto and Glenda Satne

  7. 6. The Primacy of ''We''?

    Ingar Brinck, Vasudevi Reddy, and Dan Zahavi

  8. 7. Selfhood, Schizophrenia, and the Interpersonal Regulation of Experience

    Matthew Ratcliffe

  9. 8. The Touched Self: Psychological and Philosophical Perspectives on Proximal Intersubjectivity and the Self

    Anna Claunica and Alkaterini Fotopoulou

  10. 9. Thin, Thinner, Thinnest: Defining the Minimal Self

    Dan Zahavi

  11. 10. The Emergence of Persons

    Mark H. Bickhard

  12. 11. The Significance and Meaning of Others

    Shaun Gallagher

  13. 12. Feeling Ashamed of Myself Because of You

    Alba Montes Sánchex and Alessandro Salice

  14. 13. The Extent of our Abilities: The Presence, Salience, and Sociality of Affordances

    John Z. Elias

  15. 14. The Role of Affordances in Pretend Play

    Zuzanna Rucińska

  16. 15. Ornamental Feathers without Mentalism: A Radical Enactive View on Neanderthal Body Adornment

    Duilio Garofoli

  17. 16. Neoteny and Social Cognition: A Neuroscientific Perspective on Embodiment

    Vittorio Gallese

  18. 17. Collective Body Memories

    Thomas Fuchs

  19. 18. Movies and the Mind: On Our Filmic Body

    Joerg Fingerhut and Katrin Helmann

  20. 19. Painful Bodies at Work: Stress and Culture?

    Peter Henningsen and Heribert Sattel

  21. 20. Embodiment and Enactment in Cultural Psychiatry

    Laurence J. Kirkmayer and Maxwell J.D. Ramstead

  22. Contributors
  23. Name Index
  24. Subject Index