In this paper I evaluate embodied social cognition, embodied cognition’s account of how
we understand others. I identify and evaluate three claims that motivate embodied social
cognition. These claims are not specific to social cognition; they are general hypotheses
about cognition. As such, they may be used in more general arguments for embodied
cognition. I argue that we have good reasons to reject these claims. Thus, the case for
embodied social cognition fails. Moreover, to the extent that general arguments for
embodied cognition rest on these premises, they are correspondingly uncompelling.