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Language and Mind Seminar: Talk by Maria Jimena Clavel Vazquez: “Situated embodiment and the sensorimotor approach to perception”
June 30 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Abstract: Are social identities relevant to perceptual experience? If we were to draw on the phenomenological tradition to ask this, we might say instead: is perceptual experience situated? If so, in what way? Embodied theories of perception might be good candidates to answer this question, since they claim that the body and the environment make non-trivial contributions to cognition, broadly construed. However, many of these embodied views have omitted this aspect of embodiment, namely its situated aspect, i.e. the way perceptual experience is shaped by a body that is the concrete locus of our social, historical, economic and cultural situation. To articulate what it would mean for perception to be situated, I will draw on Iris Marion Young’s (1980) view on the gendered situated body. I will, then, do two things. Firstly, I will discuss whether perception is, in fact, situated in that sense. And, secondly, I will discuss whether the sensorimotor approach to perception should be concerned with that aspect of perception and how the view could address it.
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