ISBN: 9780262335492 | 392 pp. | January 2017

The Embodied Mind

Cognitive Science and Human Experience
Revised Edition
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 Embodied Mind 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, a mind, or a self; rather it is the bringing forth of an interdependent world in and through embodied action. Although enacted cognition lacks an absolute foundation, the book shows how that does not lead to either experiential or philosophical nihilism. Above all, the book’s arguments were powered by the conviction that the sciences of mind must encompass lived human experience and the possibilities for transformation inherent in human experience. 
This revised edition includes substantive introductions by Evan Thompson and Eleanor Rosch that clarify central arguments of the work and discuss and evaluate subsequent research that has expanded on the themes of the book, including the renewed theoretical and practical interest in Buddhism and mindfulness. A preface by Jon Kabat-Zinn, the originator of the mindfulness-based stress reduction program, contextualizes the book and describes its influence on his life and work.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword to the Revised Edition

    Jon Kabat-Zinn

  2. Introduction to the Revised Edition

    Evan Thompson

  3. Introduction to the Revised Edition

    Eleanor Rosch

  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Introduction
  6. 1. A Fundamental Circularity: In the Mind of the Reflective Scientist
  7. 2. What Do We Mean ''Human Experience''?
  8. 3. Symbols: The Cognitivist Hypothesis
  9. 4. The I of the Storm
  10. 5. Emergent Properties and Connectionism
  11. 6. Selfless Minds
  12. 7. The Cartesian Anxiety
  13. 8. Enaction: Embodied Cognition
  14. 9. Evolutionary Path Making and Natural Drift
  15. 10. The Middle Way
  16. 11. Laying Down a Path in Walking
  17. A. Appendix A: Meditation Terminology
  18. B. Appendix B: Categories of Experiential Events Used in Mindfulness/Awareness
  19. C. Appendix C: Works on Buddhism and Mindfulness/Awareness
  20. Notes
  21. References
  22. Index