Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics

Internal Perception

The Role of Bodily Information in Concepts and Word Mastery

Authors: Dellantonio, Sara, Pastore, Luigi

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  • Discusses how bodily information contributes to categorization
  • Uses language and specifically semantic competence to understand the internal cognitive processes underlying categorization and conceptualization
  • Proposes a distinction between categories and concepts
  • Analyzes how abstract concepts as well as concepts describing internal states, emotions are constituted and how people develop semantic competence with respect to the words that denote them
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This book investigates how bodily information contributes to categorization processes for at least some conceptual classes and thus to the individual mastery of meanings for at least some word classes.

The bodily information considered is mainly that provided by the so-called proprioceptive and interoceptive systems introduced by Sherrington. The authors reconsider this in a new Gibsonian fashion calling it more generally “proprioception”, which indicates the complex of all the bodily signals we are aware of and the qualitative experiences these give rise to. The book shows that proprioceptive information understood in this sense is essential for explaining (among others) how we develop broad categories such as animate vs. inanimate, concepts denoting bodily experiences such as hunger or pain as well as emotions and abstract concepts such as friendship and freedom and in accounting for how we master the meanings of the corresponding words in our language.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Internal Perception
Book Subtitle
The Role of Bodily Information in Concepts and Word Mastery
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
Series Volume
40
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-55763-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-55763-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-662-55761-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-57251-1
Series ISSN
2192-6255
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 366
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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