Ostension: Word Learning and the Embodied Mind

2016.06.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Chad Engelland, Ostension: Word Learning and the Embodied Mind, MIT Press, 2014, 305pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780262028097.
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2016.06.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Chad Engelland, Ostension: Word Learning and the Embodied Mind, MIT Press, 2014, 305pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780262028097. Reviewed by David Macarthur, The University of Sydney I want to begin by saying how much I admire the lucid prose and philosophical sophistication of this fine book, which was a genuine pleasure to read and think about. It aims "to begin to rethink philosophy and human nature in light of ostension" (217) -- an aspiration at once humble and ambitious. Regarding its desiderata for a rethinking of philosophy, in particular, the book is very impressive, whether or not one shares the author's advocacy of a curious blend of Aristotelian "natural philosophy" and phenomenology (150, 170). Chad Engelland succeeds admirably in his aspiration to write philosophy in clear non-technical non-ideological language that builds on insights of both analytic and continental philosophy, providing a renewed. . .

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