Between Perception and Action

2014.07.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Bence Nanay, Between Perception and Action, Oxford University Press, 2013, 209pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199695379.
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2014.07.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Bence Nanay, Between Perception and Action, Oxford University Press, 2013, 209pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199695379. Reviewed by Nicoletta Orlandi, University of California, Santa Cruz When I tie my shoelaces I perform an action. Bence Nanay's primary aim is deintellectualizing what is involved in the production of human actions of this kind. According to him, the vast majority of our actions are like the actions of infants and non-human animals in being performed under the guidance of perceptual states. Nanay calls the perceptual states that precede actions 'pragmatic representations'. Pragmatic representations are the cognitive components of the immediate mental antecedents of action, and they represent action properties -- properties, such as the size of an object relative to my grip size -- that are relevant for the performance of an action (p. 39). Most of our actions are not performed under the. . .

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