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    DescriptionIn Body Language, Mark Rowlands argues that the problem of representation--how it is possible for one item to represent another--has been exacerbated by the assimilation of representation to the category of the word. That is, the problem is traditionally understood as one of relating inner to outer--relating an inner representing item to something extrinsic or exterior to it. Rowlands argues that at least some cases of representation need to be understood not in terms of the word but of the deed. Activity, he claims, is a useful template for thinking about representation; our representing the world consists, in part, in certain sorts of actions that we perform in that world. This is not to say simply that these forms of acting can facilitate representation but that they are themselves representational. These sorts of actions--which Rowlands calls deeds--do not merely express or re-present prior intentional states. They have an independent representational status.After introducing the notion of the deed as a "preintentional act," Rowlands argues that deeds can satisfy informational, teleological, combinatorial, misrepresentational, and decouplability constraints--and so qualify as representational. He puts these principles of representation into practice by examining the deeds involved in visual perception. Representing, Rowlands argues, is something we do in the world as much as in the head. Representing does not stop at the skin, at the border between the representing subject and the world; representing is representational "all the way out."


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    Title
    Body Language
    Subtitle
    Representation in Action
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Rowlands
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780262182553
    ISBN 10: 0262182556
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 670
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: MAJ
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    BIC subject category V2: HPM
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15220
    DC22: 128.2, 128/.4, 128.4
    BISAC V2.8: PSY008000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: B105.R4 R69 2006
    BISAC V2.8: PHI015000
    Thema V1.0: QDTM
    Edition
    1
    Publisher
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Bradford Books
    Publication date
    10 November 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Massachusetts
    Author Information
    Mark Rowlands is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami. He is the author of The Body in Mind: Understanding Cognitive Processes, Body Language: Representation in Action (MIT Press, 2006), The Philosopher and the Wolf, and other books.
    Review quote
    "This book is essential reading in philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Highly recommended." Choice "This book makes a fresh and important contribution to many debates within cognitive science...Body Language will -- and should -- alter the categories and distinctions we currently use to discuss the boundaries between thought, perception, action and the world." Mind