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The embodiment of mind


cognition and body
critique of cognitive theory

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SHANON, B. The embodiment of mind. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 25, n. 2, p. 531–572, 2016. Disponível em: Acesso em: 11 dez. 2023.


This paper examines the involvement of the body in cognitive activity. On the basis of the survey of various manifestations of human behavior, it is concluded that the body is intrinsically involved in cognition. Theoretically the question is how to conceptualize this in the framework of cognitive theory. Several possible conceptualizations are examined. In particular, I argue against the two-tier model which conceptualizes the role of the body in terms of a secondary appendage to na essentially orthodox representational-computational account. The involvement of the body in cognitive activity is further viewed in conjunction with the situatedness of cognition in the world. The embodiment of mind is related to the topics of experience and consciousness.



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