The open figure of experience and mind: Review essay of John russon's human experience: Philosophy, neurosis, and the elements of everyday life

Dialogue 45:315-326 (2006)
This review of John Russon's Human Experience: Philosophy, Neurosis, and the Elements of Everyday Life focuses on Russon's position that experience is open (having a developmental, situated and dynamic, rather than fixed, structure) and figured (having a structure inseparable from forms of bodily function), and that mind is something learned in the process of working out experience as figured and open. These themes are drawn together in relation to recent scientific discussions (e.g., of bodily dynamics, mirror neurons, robotic systems and thermodynamics), to show how Russon's view challenges deep philosophical assumptions in prevailing accounts of mind, body and experience.
Keywords Body   Experience   Human Existence   Metaphysics   Mind   Science   Russon, John
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