Embodiment, Emotion, and Cognition by Michelle Maiese

By Michelle Maiese

Starting with the view that human recognition is largely embodied and that the best way we consciously event the realm is established via our physically dynamics and atmosphere, the booklet argues that feelings are a basic manifestation of our embodiment, and play an important position in self-consciousness, ethical assessment, and social cognition.

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Egocentricity can be understood in relation to the subject–object status of the body, whereby the body serves as both the source and the target of affection. The body functions as the ‘zero point’ in relation to which objects of perception are situated, and from which action proceeds, so that the ego is located wherever the body is located. The I of our subjectivity manifests itself in cases where the ‘inner’ source-point impacts the outer world, a paradigmatic example of which would be intentional body movement.

49). And, although autopoiesis is fully compatible with facts about DNA and RNA and replication, its focus is less on the details of chemical reactions or the ‘information’ encoded in cells, and more on system dynamics. ’ In simplest terms, autopoiesis is the process whereby the constituent processes of living systems ‘produce the components necessary for the continuance of those same processes’ (Thompson, 2007, p. 98). An autopoietic unit is a system that is capable of sustaining itself due to an inner network of reactions that regenerate the system’s components.

In this way, protention and anticipation of the future always involve motivation, an affective tone, and an action tendency or readiness for intentional movement (Thompson, 2007, p. 361). What results is the spontaneity of sensorimotor subjectivity, which involves the immediate sense of time’s asymmetric continuous forward flow. 5 Intentionality Sensorimotor subjectivity also is necessarily intentional, or directed to some target. To say that something is intended is to say that ‘something is The Essential Embodiment Thesis 31 given, apprehended, understood, or interpreted, as something’ (Waldenfels, 2004, p.

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