By Michelle Maiese
Starting with the view that human awareness is largely embodied and that the way in which we consciously adventure the area is established through our physically dynamics and atmosphere, the ebook argues that feelings are a primary manifestation of our embodiment, and play a very important position in self-consciousness, ethical review, and social cognition.
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If it is true that all perception and action involves a background bodily orientation, then Thompson’s claim that perceptual experience and action experience are partly constituted by non-intentional bodily self-consciousness is not quite accurate. When I grasp a bottle, I am transitively aware of the bottle, and also aware of my own body, so that I experience my own grasping (Thompson, 2007, p. 264). Although this pre-reflective bodily selfconsciousness is not object-directed, it is still intentional in the sense that these bodily feelings are directed at a target.
In this way, sensorimotor subjectivity is essentially a matter of engaging with the world from a unique point of view. 3 Spatiality Sensorimotor subjectivity also is essentially spatial, and the body is the source of this spatiality. Subjective experience necessarily occurs here, wherever the body happens to be located. I always experience myself as uniquely located d or uniquely positioned, even if I do not know where I am and do not form beliefs or make reports about my location. By virtue of its spatiality, sensorimotor subjectivity is also necessarily orientable and balanceable via the body’s proprioceptive capacities.
Evan Thompson’s work explores how autopoiesis serves as the basis for the conscious minds of living organisms like us. According to Thompson’s enactive approach, living beings are autonomous agents that actively generate and maintain their own coherent patterns of activity. Indeed, their autopoietic organization makes living systems striking examples of autonomous systems. Basic autonomyy is the capacity of a system to manage its own flow of matter and energy so that it can regulate and control both its own internal, self-constructive processes as well as its processes of exchange with the environment (Thompson and Stapleton, 2009, p.
Embodiment, Emotion, and Cognition by Michelle Maiese