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Interactional Imogen: language, practice and the body

Collins, Harry ORCID: 2020. Interactional Imogen: language, practice and the body. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 19 , pp. 933-960. 10.1007/s11097-020-09679-x

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Here I try to improve on the available answers to certain long-debated questions and set out some consequences for the answers. Are there limits to the extent to which we can understand the conceptual worlds of other human communities and of non-human creatures? How does this question relate to our ability to engage in other cultures’ practices and languages? What is meant by ‘the body’ and what is meant by ‘the brain’ and how do different meanings bear on the questions? The central answer developed here is that it is possible, given the right circumstances, for a competent human from any human group to understand the culture of any other human group without engaging in their practices though there are barriers when it comes to communication across species. This answer has important social and political consequences and consequences for the debate about artificial intelligence.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISSN: 1568-7759
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 June 2020
Date of Acceptance: 25 May 2020
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 08:43

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