Embodied Cognition: Grounded Until Further Notice?

British Journal of Psychology 99:157-164 (2008)
Embodied <span class='Hi'>Cognition</span> is the kind of view that is all trees, no forest. Mounting experimental evidence gives it momentum in fleshing out the theoretical problems inherent in Cognitivists’ separation of mind and body. But the more its proponents compile such evidence, the more the fundamental concepts of Embodied <span class='Hi'>Cognition</span> remain in the dark. This conundrum is nicely exemplified by Pecher and Zwaan’s (2005) book, Grounding <span class='Hi'>Cognition</span>, which is a programmatic attempt to rally together an array of empirical results and linguistic data, and its successes in this endeavor nicely epitomize current directions among the various research provinces of Embodied <span class='Hi'>Cognition</span>. The untoward drawback, however, is that such successes are symptomatic of the growing imbalance between experimental progress and theoretical interrogation. In particular, one of the theoretical cornerstones of Embodied <span class='Hi'>Cognition</span>—namely, the very concept of grounding under investigation here—continues to go unilluminated. Hence, the advent of this volume indicates that—now more than ever—the concept of grounding is in dire need of some plain old-fashioned <span class='Hi'>conceptual</span> analysis. In that sense, Embodied <span class='Hi'>Cognition</span> is grounded until further notice.
Keywords embodied cognition  grounding  mind  mind/body  supervenience  determination
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