Bodies and Other Objects
Bodies and Other Objects is written for students,
scholars and anyone with an interest in embodied cognition - the claim that the human mind cannot be understood without regard
for the actions and capacities of the body. The impulse to write this book was a dissatisfaction with the inconsistent, and
often shallow, use of the term 'embodied cognition'. This text attempts to reframe cognitive science with a unified theory
of embodied cognition in which sensorimotor elements provide the basis for cognition, including symbolic exchanges that arise
within a society of agents. It draws ideas and evidence from experimental psychology, neuroscience, philosophy and anthropology
in reaching the conclusion that human cognition is best understood as the means by which exchanges within a constantly evolving
network of skilful bodies and objects are regulated so as to further human interests.
Introduction; 1. Reframing cognition;
2. Vision and action; 3. Tool use and tool incorporation; 4. Agency, objects and others; 5. Material cultures; 6. Language;
7. A synthesis: networks of human agents as physical symbol systems.
Describes a unified framework for embodied cognition
that reconciles sensorimotor and representational accounts of cognition, connecting currently disparate traditions.