Cognitive science, embodiment and materiality

Libro: The Wiley Blackwell Companion to religion and materiality
Autores: Barrett, Nathaniel
Editorial: Wiley Blackwell
Localidad: Hoboken
ISBN: 9781118660102
Página inicial-final: 108 - 127
Fecha de publicación: 2020
Resumen: Insofar as studies of religious materiality include embodiment within their purview, they call for interdisciplinary collaboration with cognitive science, which in recent decades has taken an `embodied turn¿. However, not only is the meaning of embodied cognition still unsettled, but some of the most prominent theories interpret the body as the fixed `ground¿ of experience in a way that curtails the role of materials outside the body. In an attempt to clarify the issues at stake, this chapter explores the problematic concept of embodiment within cognitive science and marks an important difference between so¿called `radical¿ theories of embodied mind and those that remain within the sway of functionalism. Insofar as the former are concerned with the dynamic emergence and context¿sensitivity of mental processes, they would seem to make ideal partners for studies of the dynamic character of religious objects and practices.