• The Mind Body Politic

The Mind Body Politic

The Mind Body Politic

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  • Author
    Michelle Maiese
  • Publisher
    Springer
  • Publication date
    28 June 2019

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    The Mind Body Politic

  • Author

    Michelle Maiese

  • Date Published

    28 June 2019

  • Publisher

    Springer

  • Pages

    320 pages

  • ISBN

    9783030195465

Book Description


Building on contemporary research in embodied cognition, enactivism, and the extended mind, this book explores how social institutions in contemporary neoliberal nation-states systematically affect our thoughts, feelings, and agency. Human beings are, necessarily, social animals who create and belong to social institutions. But social institutions take on a life of their own, and literally shape the minds of all those who belong to them, for better or worse, usually without their being self-consciously aware of it. Indeed, in contemporary neoliberal societies, it is generally for the worse. In The Mind-Body Politic, Michelle Maiese and Robert Hanna work out a new critique of contemporary social institutions by deploying the special standpoint of the philosophy of mind—in particular, the special standpoint of the philosophy of what they call essentially embodied minds—and make a set of concrete, positive proposals for radically changing both these social institutions and also our essentially embodied lives for the better.

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