The Early History of Embodied Cognition 1740-1920: The Lebenskraft-Debate and Radical Reality in German Science, Music, and Literature

John A. McCarthy, Stephanie M Hilger, Heather I. Sullivan, Nicholas Saul

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Abstract

This pioneering book evaluates the early history of embodied cognition. It explores for the first time the life-force ( Lebenskraft) debate in Germany, which was manifest in philosophical reflection, medical treatise, scientific experimentation, theoretical physics, aesthetic theory, and literary practice esp. 1740-1920. The history of vitalism is considered in the context of contemporary discourses on radical reality (or deep naturalism). We ask how animate matter and cognition arise and are maintained through agent-environment dynamics (Whitehead) or performance (Pickering). This book adopts a nonrepresentational approach to studying perception, action, and cognition, which Anthony Chemero designated radical embodied cognitive science. From early physiology to psychoanalysis, from the microbiome to memetics, appreciation of body and mind as symbiotically interconnected with external reality has steadily increased. Leading critics explore here resonances of body, mind, and environment in medical history (Reil, Hahnemann, Hirschfeld), science (Haller, Goethe, Ritter, Darwin, L. Büchner), musical aesthetics (E.T.A. Hoffmann, Wagner), folklore (Grimm), intersex autobiography (Baer), and stories of crime and aberration (Nordau, Döblin). Science and literature both prove to be continually emergent cultures in the quest for understanding and identity. This book will appeal to intertextual readers curious to know how we come to be who we are and, ultimately, how the Anthropocene came to be.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherBrill
Number of pages357
ISBN (Electronic)9789004309036
ISBN (Print)9789004309029
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 18 2016

Publication series

NameInternationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft
Volume189

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Early History
Embodied Cognition
Cognition
Music
Reader
Naturalism
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Treatise
Aesthetic Theory
Vitalism
Musical Aesthetics
Psychoanalysis
Intertextual
Germany
Animate
History
E.T.A. Hoffmann
Autobiography
Approaches to Studying
Memetics

Keywords

  • Agency
  • Alfred Noll
  • Anthony Chemero
  • Anthropocene
  • Body
  • Consciousness
  • Life-force
  • Medical science
  • Medicine
  • Mind
  • Perception
  • Philosophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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McCarthy, J. A., Hilger, S. M., Sullivan, H. I., & Saul, N. (2016). The Early History of Embodied Cognition 1740-1920: The Lebenskraft-Debate and Radical Reality in German Science, Music, and Literature. (Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft; Vol. 189). Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004309036

The Early History of Embodied Cognition 1740-1920 : The Lebenskraft-Debate and Radical Reality in German Science, Music, and Literature. / McCarthy, John A.; Hilger, Stephanie M; Sullivan, Heather I.; Saul, Nicholas.

Brill, 2016. 357 p. (Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft; Vol. 189).

Research output: Book/ReportBook

McCarthy, JA, Hilger, SM, Sullivan, HI & Saul, N 2016, The Early History of Embodied Cognition 1740-1920: The Lebenskraft-Debate and Radical Reality in German Science, Music, and Literature. Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft, vol. 189, Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004309036
McCarthy JA, Hilger SM, Sullivan HI, Saul N. The Early History of Embodied Cognition 1740-1920: The Lebenskraft-Debate and Radical Reality in German Science, Music, and Literature. Brill, 2016. 357 p. (Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft). https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004309036
McCarthy, John A. ; Hilger, Stephanie M ; Sullivan, Heather I. ; Saul, Nicholas. / The Early History of Embodied Cognition 1740-1920 : The Lebenskraft-Debate and Radical Reality in German Science, Music, and Literature. Brill, 2016. 357 p. (Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft).
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