Mind Ecologies

Body, Brain, and World

Matthew Crippen and Jay Schulkin

Columbia University Press

Mind Ecologies

Pub Date: September 2020

ISBN: 9780231190251

288 Pages

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Pub Date: September 2020

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288 Pages

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Pub Date: September 2020

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Mind Ecologies

Body, Brain, and World

Matthew Crippen and Jay Schulkin

Columbia University Press

Pragmatism—a pluralistic philosophy with kinships to phenomenology, Gestalt psychology, and embodied cognitive science—is resurging across disciplines. It has growing relevance to literary studies, the arts, and religious scholarship, along with branches of political theory, not to mention our understanding of science. But philosophies and sciences of mind have lagged behind this pragmatic turn, for the most part retaining a central-nervous-system orientation, which pragmatists reject as too narrow.

Matthew Crippen, a philosopher of mind, and Jay Schulkin, a behavioral neuroscientist, offer an innovative interdisciplinary theory of mind. They argue that pragmatism in combination with phenomenology is not only able to give an unusually persuasive rendering of how we think, feel, experience, and act in the world but also provides the account most consistent with current evidence from cognitive science and neurobiology. Crippen and Schulkin contend that cognition, emotion, and perception are incomplete without action, and in action they fuse together. Not only are we embodied subjects whose thoughts, emotions, and capacities comprise one integrated system; we are living ecologies inseparable from our surroundings, our cultures, and our world. Ranging from social coordination to the role of gut bacteria and visceral organs in mental activity, and touching upon fields such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and plant cognition, Crippen and Schulkin stress the role of aesthetics, emotions, interests, and moods in the ongoing enactment of experience. Synthesizing philosophy, neurobiology, psychology, and the history of science, Mind Ecologies offers a broad and deep exploration of evidence for the embodied, embedded, enacted, and extended nature of mind.
Mind Ecologies is wide-ranging and timely both as a contribution to today's philosophy of cognitive science and as a reminder of historical antecedents. This work will amplify and improve upon recent attempts to show that pragmatism and phenomenological philosophy are relevant to today’s sciences of the mind. Anthony Chemero, author of Radical Embodied Cognitive Science

About the Author

Matthew Crippen is visiting professor of philosophy at Grand Valley State University. He has a research affiliation with the Einstein Group at Humboldt University’s Berlin School of Mind and Brain.

Jay Schulkin is a research professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Georgetown University. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including The Brain in Context: A Pragmatic Guide to Neuroscience (Columbia, 2019), with Jonathan D. Moreno.