The Physiology of Action and Phenomenology by Alain BerthozThe Physiology of Action and Phenomenology by Alain Berthoz

The Physiology of Action and Phenomenology

byAlain Berthoz, Jean-Luc PetitTranslated byChristopher McCann

Hardcover | November 1, 2008

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Though many philosophers of mind have taken an interest in the great developments in the brain sciences, the interest is seldom reciprocated by scientists, who frequently ignore the contributions philosophers have made to our understanding of the mind and brain. In a rare collaboration, a world famous brain scientist and an eminent philosopher have joined forces in an effort to understand how our brain interacts with the world. Does the brain behave as a calculator, combining sensory data before deciding how to act? Or does it behave as an emulator endowedwith innate models of the world, which it corrects according to the results of experiences obtained by the senses? The two authors come from very different backgrounds - the philosopher Jean-Luc Petit belongs to the philosophical tradition of Husserlian phenomenology. Alain Berthoz has long beeninterested in the physiology of action (movement, posture, decision-making, perception, etc.). Drawing on cutting-edge research from the cognitive sciences, the authors have produced a highly original volume showing how phenomenology and physiology can interact to further our understanding of the brain and the mind.
Title:The Physiology of Action and PhenomenologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.88 inPublished:November 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Representation versus action2. Getting past the traditional concepts3. Anticipation and prediction4. Who's afraid of the transcendental subject?5. Prolegomena for a theory of constitution6. A kinaesthetic theory of constitution7. The constitution of the own body8. A key to subjectivity: conjoint constitution