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The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience

Francisco J. Varela, Evan Thompson, and Eleanor Rosch


This classic book, first published in 1991, was one of the first to propose the “embodied cognition” approach in cognitive science. It pioneered the connections between phenomenology and science and between Buddhist practices and science—claims that have since become highly influential. Through this cross-fertilization of disparate fields of study, the book introduced a new form of cognitive science called “enaction,” in which both the environment and first person experience are aspects of embodiment. However, enactive embodiment is not the grasping of an independent, outside world by a brain, ... More

Keywords: embodied cognition, cognitive science, phenomenology, Buddhism, enaction, enactive embodiment, mindfulness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262529365
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262529365.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Francisco J. Varela, author

Evan Thompson, author
University of British Columbia

Eleanor Rosch, author
University of California, Berkeley