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Embodiment, Enaction, and Culture: Investigating the Constitution of the Shared World

Christoph Durt, Thomas Fuchs, and Christian Tewes


Recent accounts of cognition attempt to overcome the limitations of traditional cognitive science by reconceiving cognition as enactive and the cognizer as an embodied being who is embedded in biological, psychological, and cultural contexts. Cultural forms of sense-making constitute the shared world, which in turn is the origin and place of cognition. This volume is the first interdisciplinary collection on the cultural context of embodiment, offering perspectives from the neurophilosophical to the anthropological. The contributors explore conceptual foundations, drawing on work by Husserl, M ... More

Keywords: Cognition, Enaction, Embodiment, Cultural context, Intersubjectivity, Evolutionary anthropology, Neuroscience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262035552
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035552.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christoph Durt, editor
University of Vienna

Thomas Fuchs, editor
University of Heidelberg

Christian Tewes, editor
University of Heidelberg

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Front Matter

Introduction: The Interplay of Embodiment, Enaction, and Culture

Christian Tewes, Christoph Durt, and Thomas Fuchs

I Phenomenological and Enactive Accounts of the Constitution of Culture

4 Neither Individualistic nor Interactionist

Ezequiel Di Paolo and Hanne De Jaegher

II Intersubjectivity, Selfhood, and Persons

6 The Primacy of the “We”?

Ingar Brinck, Vasudevi Reddy, and Dan Zahavi

10 The Emergence of Persons

Mark H. Bickhard

III Cultural Affordances and Social Understanding

12 Feeling Ashamed of Myself Because of You

Alba Montes Sánchez and Alessandro Salice

IV Embodiment and Its Cultural Significance

18 Movies and the Mind: On Our Filmic Body

Joerg Fingerhut and Katrin Heimann

19 Painful Bodies at Work: Stress and Culture?

Peter Henningsen and Heribert Sattel

20 Embodiment and Enactment in Cultural Psychiatry

Laurence J. Kirmayer and Maxwell J. D. Ramstead