The Feeling Body: Affective Science Meets the Enactive Mind

2014.09.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Giovanna Colombetti, The Feeling Body: Affective Science Meets the Enactive Mind, MIT Press, 2014, 270pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.09.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Giovanna Colombetti, The Feeling Body: Affective Science Meets the Enactive Mind, MIT Press, 2014, 270pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780262019958. Reviewed by Craig DeLancey, State University of New York at Oswego This book aims to develop an enactivist view of affects, with special attention to the emotions. Enactivism, for those unfamiliar with the term, is a movement in the philosophy of mind and in psychology whose proponents argue that we should understand mental faculties as essentially related to the extended body and to action. It has an ancestry that includes ecological psychology and existential phenomenology. Giovanna Colombetti hearkens back to the views of Francisco Varela and Evan Thompson as principal forebears, along with much of the phenomenological tradition and the dynamicists. Enactivist work on perception has proved very promising and provocative; extending the approach to affects is a. . .

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