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Moving Ourselves, Moving Others

Moving Ourselves, Moving Others
Motion and emotion in intersubjectivity, consciousness and language

Edited by Ad Foolen (Radboud University Nijmegen), Ulrike M. Lüdtke (Leibniz Universität, Hannover), Timothy P. Racine (Simon Fraser University) and Jordan Zlatev (Lund University)

John Benjamins Publishing Company
Moving Ourselves, Moving Others

The close relationship between motion (bodily movement) and emotion (feelings) is not an etymological coincidence. While moving ourselves, we move others; in observing others move - we are moved ourselves. The fundamentally interpersonal nature of mind and language has recently received due attention, but the key role of (e)motion in this context has remained something of a blind spot. The present book rectifies this gap by gathering contributions from leading philosophers, psychologists and linguists working in the area. Framed by an introducing prologue and a summarizing epilogue (written by Colwyn Trevarthen, who brought the phenomenological notion of intersubjectivity to a wider audience some 30 years ago) the volume elaborates a dynamical, active view of emotion, along with an affect-laden view of motion - and explores their significance for consciousness, intersubjectivity, and language. As such, it contributes to the emerging interdisciplinary field of mind science, transcending hitherto dominant computationalist and cognitivist approaches.