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Embodiment and the inner life: Cognition and Consciousness in the Space of Possible Minds

Murray Shanahan


To understand the mind and its place in Nature is one of the great intellectual challenges of our time, a challenge that is both scientific and philosophical. How does cognition influence an animal's behaviour? What are its neural underpinnings? How is the inner life of a human being constituted? What are the neural underpinnings of the conscious condition? This book approaches each of these questions from a scientific standpoint. But it contends that, before we can make progress on them, we have to give up the habit of thinking metaphysically, a habit that creates a fog of philosophical confu ... More

Keywords: cognition, sensorimotor embodiment, conscious condition, psychology, neuroscience, dynamical systems, biology, physics, consciousness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199226559
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226559.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Murray Shanahan, author
Professor of Cognitive Robotics, Imperial College London