The Primacy of Movement. Expanded Second Edition.


The Primacy of Movement. Expanded Second Edition.



By Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, former College at Brockport visiting professor.

This expanded second edition carries forward the initial insights into the biological and existential significances of animation by taking contemporary research findings in cognitive science and philosophy and in neuroscience into critical and constructive account. It first takes affectivity as its focal point, elucidating it within both an enactive and qualitative affective-kinetic dynamic. It follows through with a thoroughgoing interdisciplinary inquiry into movement from three perspectives: mind, brain, and the conceptually reciprocal realities of receptivity and responsivity as set forth in phenomenology and evolutionary biology, respectively. It ends with a substantive afterword on kinesthesia, pointing up the incontrovertible significance of the faculty to cognition and affectivity.



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Expanded 2nd edition.

Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., c2011.

xxxii, 574 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.

Series: Advances in consciousness research ; no. 82






Located in Drake Library a: BF105.M65 S44 2011

CONTENTS: Introduction -- Foundations -- Neandertals -- Consciousness : a natural history -- Consciousness : an Aristotelian account -- The primacy of movement -- Methodology. Husserl and Von Helmholtz : and the possibility of a trans disciplinary communal task -- On learning to move oneself : a constructive phenomenology -- Merleau-Ponty : a man in search of a method -- Does philosophy begin (and end) in wonder? or what is the nature of a philosophic act? : a methodological postscript -- Applications. On the significance of animate form -- Human speech perception and an evolutionary semantics -- Why a mind is not a brain and a brain is not a body -- What is it like to be a brain --Thinking in movement -- Twenty-first century reflections on human nature : foundational concepts and realities -- Animation : the fundamental, essential, and properly descriptive concept -- Embodied minds or mindful bodies? : a core twenty-first century challenge.

The Primacy of Movement. Expanded Second Edition.