Antonio Pennisi

Evolution and Perspectives of Embodied Cognition. The Brain as a Tenant of the Body

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Keywords: Embodied Cognition; Evolutionism; Mind-Body Problem; Externalization.

One of the classic problems of philosophy - the mind-body problem - has been revised by issues of «embodied cognition» primarily as a part of cognitive science. However, the division of this field of study in a series of internal approaches - the famous 4E cognitions: embedded, embodied, enacted, extended (Rowlands 2010, 51 ss.) which are often in contradiction each other - shows that the issue of embodied cognition continues to remain more a common background of problems rather than a set of solutions, at least for the moment. I think this sort of theoretical impasse is determined by the difficulty showed by of the cognitive core of the theory of mind to adopt a rigorous evolutionary perspective. In this paper I will try to prove that without adopting such a perspective, it's hard to solve the theoretical problems that embodied cognition drags itself.

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