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Prenoetic Constraints on Perception and Action

Edited by Shaun Gallager

in How the Body Shapes the Mind

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780199271948
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603112 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199271941.003.0007
 Prenoetic Constraints on Perception and Action

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One important mark of the contemporary cognitive sciences is the explicit and nearly universal rejection of Cartesian dualism. However, it seems that Cartesianism is not so easy to escape, and often, implicitly, the idea that the body has little to do with cognition continues to haunt all claims to the contrary. This chapter explores the ways the body plays an active part in shaping perception and action, its functional roles in enabling intentionality, and the constraints and possibilities defined by the shape and structure of the human body.

Keywords: perception; action; intentionality; neurobiology; enactive perception

Chapter.  10364 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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