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Embodiment, Enaction, and CultureInvestigating the Constitution of the Shared World$
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Christoph Durt, Thomas Fuchs, and Christian Tewes

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035552

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035552.001.0001

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Introduction: The Interplay of Embodiment, Enaction, and Culture

Introduction: The Interplay of Embodiment, Enaction, and Culture

(p.1) Introduction: The Interplay of Embodiment, Enaction, and Culture
Embodiment, Enaction, and Culture

Christian Tewes

Christoph Durt

Thomas Fuchs

The MIT Press

While traditional theories of cognition tend to conceive of mental capacities as disembodied or merely supervenient on brain states, in recent decades the insight has spread that mental processes cannot be confined to activities inside the skull alone. The paradigm of enactive embodiment endeavors to overcome the limitations of traditional cognitive science by reconceiving the cognizer as an embodied being and cognition as enactive. According to a well-known early definition, cognition depends on “the kinds of experience that come from having a body with various sensorimotor capacities” (...

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