Body-Building
 

“Cognitive science is bringing the body out of the closet” Clark, 1999 

Is it really so? It is true that the study of the body has almost disappeared from the philosophical literature, after being at the core of the interest of phenomenology. It is also true that the body has come back by a side door with the growing program of research of Embodied cognition, which has started almost 20 years ago. Yet, after 20 years, do we really know more about the body? Whereas more and more people talk about “embodied cognition”, the body itself remains an object rarely explicitly investigated. The body is still in the closet. 

My research aims at eventually bringing the body out of the closet by providing a systematic account of bodily awareness. In addition, I analyse the role played by the body in the mind, and more particularly in socia cognition. I address these questions from a multidisciplinary perspective, bringing together philosophical analysis and experimental approach. More particularly, I collaborate with:

  • Alessandro Farnè (Unité Inserm 534, Espace et Action, Lyon)
  • Patrick Haggard (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL, London) 
  • Asifa Majid (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands). 

With the help of two post-docs: 

  • Alessia Folegatti (2008-2009)
  • Marjolein Kammers (2009-2011)

And financially supported by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche.