The Hand, an Organ of the Mind

What the Manual Tells the Mental
Edited by Zdravko Radman
Overview

Cartesian-inspired dualism enforces a theoretical distinction between the motor and the cognitive and locates the mental exclusively in the head. This collection, focusing on the hand, challenges this dichotomy, offering theoretical and empirical perspectives on the interconnectedness and interdependence of the manual and mental. The contributors explore the possibility that the hand, far from being the merely mechanical executor of preconceived mental plans, possesses its own know-how, enabling "enhanded" beings to navigate the natural, social, and cultural world without engaging propositional thought, consciousness, and deliberation.

The contributors consider not only broad philosophical questions—ranging from the nature of embodiment, enaction, and the extended mind to the phenomenology of agency—but also such specific issues as touching, grasping, gesturing, sociality, and simulation. They show that the capacities of the hand include perception (on its own and in association with other modalities), action, (extended) cognition, social interaction, and communication. Taken together, their accounts offer a handbook of cutting-edge research exploring the ways that the manual shapes and reshapes the mental and creates conditions for embodied agents to act in the world.

Contributors: Matteo Baccarini, Andrew J. Bremner, Massimiliano L. Cappuccio, Andy Clark, Jonathan Cole, Dorothy Cowie, Natalie Depraz, Rosalyn Driscoll, Harry Farmer, Shaun Gallagher, Nicholas P. Holmes, Daniel D. Hutto, Angelo Maravita, Filip Mattens, Richard Menary, Jesse J. Prinz, Zdravko Radman, Matthew Ratcliffe, Etiennne B. Roesch, Stephen V. Shepherd, Susan A.J. Stuart, Manos Tsakiris, Michael Wheeler

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. Foreword: Hand Manifesto

    Jesse J. Prinz

  3. Beforehand

    Zdravko Radman

  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Contributors
  6. I. HAND-CENTEREDNESS
  7. 1. "Capable of whatever man's ingenuity suggests": Agency, Deafferentation, and the Control of Movement

    Jonathan Cole

  8. 2. Developmental Origins of the Hand in the Mind, and the Role of the Hand in the Development of the Mind

    Andrew J. Bremner and Dorothy Cowie

  9. 3. Hand-Centered Space, Hand-Centered Attention, and the Control of Movement

    Nicholas P. Holmes

  10. 4. Beyond the Boundaries of the Hand: Plasticity of Body-Space Interactions Following Tool Use

    Matteo Baccarini and Angelo Maravita

  11. II. TOGETHERNESS IN TOUCH
  12. 5. Touching Hands: A Neurocognitive Review of Intersubjective Touch

    Harry Farmer and Manos Tsakiris

  13. 6. Touch and the Sense of Reality

    Matthew Ratcliffe

  14. 7. Perception and Representation: Mind the Hand!

    Filip Mattens

  15. 8. Phenomenology of the Hand

    Natalie Depraz

  16. III. MANUAL ENACTION
  17. 9. The Enactive Hand

    Shaun Gallagher

  18. 10. Radically Enactive Cognition in Our Grasp

    Daniel D. Hutto

  19. IV. THE GIST OF GESTURES
  20. 11. Gesture as Thought?

    Andy Clark

  21. 12. Is Cognition Embedded or Extended? The Case of Gestures

    Michael Wheeler

  22. 13. Pointing Hand: Joint Attention and Embodied Symbols

    Massimiliano L. Cappuccio and Stephen V. Shepherd

  23. V. MANIPULATION AND THE MUNDANE
  24. 14. Privileging Exploratory Hands: Prehension, Apprehension, Comprehension

    Susan A. J. Stuart

  25. 15. The Enculturated Hand

    Richard Menary

  26. 16. On Displacement of Agency: The Mind Handmade

    Zdravko Radman

  27. VI. TOMORROW'S HANDS
  28. 17. A Critical Review of Classical Computational Approaches to Cognitive Robotics: Case Study for Theories of Cognition?

    Etienne B. Roesch

  29. Postscript: Rehabilitating the Hand: Reflections of a Haptic Artist

    Rosalyn Driscoll

  30. Index