Embodied Minds in Action

Hardcover | August 1, 2009

byRobert Hanna, Michelle Maiese

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In Embodied Minds in Action, Robert Hanna and Michelle Maiese work out a unified treatment of three fundamental philosophical problems: the mind-body problem, the problem of mental causation, and the problem of action. This unified treatment rests on two basic claims. The first is thatconscious, intentional minds like ours are essentially embodied. This entails that our minds are necessarily spread throughout our living, organismic bodies and belong to their complete neurobiological constitution. So minds like ours are necessarily alive. The second claim is that essentiallyembodied minds are self-organizing thermodynamic systems. This entails that our mental lives consist in the possibility and actuality of moving our own living organismic bodies through space and time, by means of our conscious desires. The upshot is that we are essentially minded animals who helpto create the natural world through our own agency. This doctrine--the Essential Embodiment Theory--is a truly radical idea which subverts the traditionally opposed and seemingly exhaustive categories of Dualism and Materialism, and offers a new paradigm for contemporary mainstream research in thephilosophy of mind and cognitive neuroscience.

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In Embodied Minds in Action, Robert Hanna and Michelle Maiese work out a unified treatment of three fundamental philosophical problems: the mind-body problem, the problem of mental causation, and the problem of action. This unified treatment rests on two basic claims. The first is thatconscious, intentional minds like ours are essenti...

Robert Hanna is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of iKant and the Foundations of Analytic Philosophy/i (OUP, 2001), iKant, Science, and Human Nature/i (OUP, 2006), and iRationality and Logic/i (MIT, 2006). Michelle Maiese is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Emmanuel College, Boston....

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:August 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199230315

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. How to Solve the Problem of Mental Causation2. Embodied Minds and Dynamic Emergence3. How to Solve the Problem of Action I: Actions, Tryings, and Causes4. How to Solve the Problem of Action II: Emotive Causation5. Embodied Minds, Mental Causation, and Intentional ActionBibliography