Thursday, 27 March 2014

Movement and Agency

Animate movement is not accounted for in any materialist or mechanical metaphysics.  Most of the post-cognitivist strands we have been following tackle this head on, with different points of emphasis.  Here is an enlightening discussion hosted by the philosopher of movement, Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, and with contributions by Scott Kelso, Linnda Caporael and Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza.  Kelso's contribution is especially relevant to our discussions, and it serves to situate his theory of Coordination Dynamics and its relation to movement.

Recall that John Dewey bemoaned the reliance on the reflex arc at the outset of modern psychology. Kelso makes the intriguing suggestion that we replace the core concept of the reflex arc with the alternative notion of the synergy.

Kelso's excellent contribution starts at about 15 minutes, and we hit the central topic of agency just before 19 minutes. 

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