Moving Ourselves, Moving Others

Motion and emotion in intersubjectivity, consciousness and language

| Radboud University Nijmegen
| Leibniz Universität Hannover
| Simon Fraser University
| Lund University
ISBN 9789027241566 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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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.

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Table of Contents
Prologue: Bodily motion, emotion and mind science
Jordan Zlatev
Part I. Consciousness
Fundamental and inherently interrelated aspects of animation
Maxine Sheets-Johnstone
Could moving ourselves be the link between emotion and consciousness?
Ralph D. Ellis and Natika Newton
Visual perception and self-movement: Another look
Søren Overgaard
Emotion regulation through the ages
Stuart G. Shanker
Moving others matters
Vasudevi Reddy
Part II. Intersubjectivity
Neurons, neonates and narrative: From empathic resonance to empathic understanding
Shaun Gallagher
Intersubjectivity in the lifeworld: Meaning, cognition, and affect
Barbara Fultner
Primates, motion and emotion: To what extent nonhuman primates are intersubjective and why
Timothy P. Racine, Tyler J. Wereha and David A. Leavens
Reaching, requesting and reflecting: From interpersonal engagement to thinking
Jeremy I.M. Carpendale and Charlie Lewis
Intuitive meaning: Supporting impulses for interpersonal life in the sociosphere of human knowledge, practice and language
Bodo Frank and Colwyn Trevarthen
Relational emotions in semiotic and linguistic development: Towards an intersubjective theory of language learning and language therapy
Ulrike M. Lüdtke
Part III. Language
The relevance of emotion for language and linguistics
Ad Foolen
From pre-symbolic gestures to language: Multisensory early intervention in deaf children
Klaus-B. Günther and Johannes Hennies
The challenge of complexity: Body, mind and language in interaction
Edda Weigand
(E)motion in the XVIIth century: A closer look at the changing semantics of the French verbs émouvoir and mouvoir
Annelies Bloem
Metaphor and subjective experience: A study of motion-emotion metaphors in English, Swedish, Bulgarian, and Thai
Jordan Zlatev, Johan Blomberg and Ulf Magnusson
Epilogue: Natural sources of meaning in human sympathetic vitality
Colwyn Trevarthen
Moving Ourselves, Moving Others is an indispensable contribution to the human science of mutuality in meaning, feeling and understanding. It belongs on the shelves of all students of subjectivity, intersubjectivity and sociality, with contributions by leading researchers from a host of disciplines and a profusion of perspectives.”
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BIC Subject: CFD – Psycholinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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