Enactivist Interventions: Rethinking the Mind by Shaun GallagherEnactivist Interventions: Rethinking the Mind by Shaun Gallagher

Enactivist Interventions: Rethinking the Mind

byShaun Gallagher

Hardcover | August 10, 2017

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Enactivist Interventions is an interdisciplinary work that explores how theories of embodied cognition illuminate many aspects of the mind, including intentionality, representation, the affect, perception, action and free will, higher-order cognition, and intersubjectivity. Gallagher arguesfor a rethinking of the concept of mind, drawing on pragmatism, phenomenology and cognitive science. Enactivism is presented as a philosophy of nature that has significant methodological and theoretical implications for the scientific investigation of the mind. Gallagher argues that, like the basicphenomena of perception and action, sophisticated cognitive phenomena like reflection, imagining, and mathematical reasoning are best explained in terms of an affordance-based skilled coping. He offers an account of the continuity that runs between basic action, affectivity, and a rationality thatin every case remains embodied. Gallagher's analysis also addresses recent predictive models of brain function and outlines an alternative, enactivist interpretation that emphasizes the close coupling of brain, body and environment rather than a strong boundary that isolates the brain in its internal processes. The extensiverelational dynamics that integrates the brain with the extra-neural body opens into an environment that is physical, social and cultural and that recycles back into the enactive process. Cognitive processes are in-the-world rather than in-the-head; they are situated in affordance spaces definedacross evolutionary, developmental and individual histories, and are constrained by affective processes and normative dimensions of social and cultural practices.
Shaun Gallagher is the Lillian and Morrie Moss Professor of Excellence in Philosophy at the University of Memphis, and Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He has had visiting positions in Cambridge, Copenhagen, Paris, Lyon, Berlin, and most recently Oxford. His research areas include phenomenology and philos...
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Title:Enactivist Interventions: Rethinking the MindFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0 inPublished:August 10, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Variations on embodied cognition3. Pragmatic resources for enactive and extended minds4. Enactive intentionality5. Action without representations6. Perception without inferences7. Action and the problem of free will8. Making enactivism even more embodied9. The upright posture: its current standing10. The practice of thinking