The Mind-Body Politic

  • Michelle Maiese
  • Robert Hanna

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Michelle Maiese, Robert Hanna
    Pages 1-33
  3. Michelle Maiese, Robert Hanna
    Pages 95-115
  4. Michelle Maiese, Robert Hanna
    Pages 117-170
  5. Michelle Maiese, Robert Hanna
    Pages 171-223
  6. Michelle Maiese, Robert Hanna
    Pages 225-243
  7. Michelle Maiese, Robert Hanna
    Pages 245-296
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 313-320

About this book


Building on contemporary research in embodied cognition, enactivism, and the extended mind, this book explores how social institutions in contemporary neoliberal nation-states systematically affect our thoughts, feelings, and agency. Human beings are, necessarily, social animals who create and belong to social institutions. But social institutions take on a life of their own, and literally shape the minds of all those who belong to them, for better or worse, usually without their being self-consciously aware of it. Indeed, in contemporary neoliberal societies, it is generally for the worse. In The Mind-Body Politic, Michelle Maiese and Robert Hanna work out a new critique of contemporary social institutions by deploying the special standpoint of the philosophy of mind—in particular, the special standpoint of the philosophy of what they call essentially embodied minds—and make a set of concrete, positive proposals for radically changing both these social institutions and also our essentially embodied lives for the better.


Philosophy of Mind Political Philosophy Embodied cognition Enactivism Extended mind Neo-liberalism Mental Health

Authors and affiliations

  • Michelle Maiese
    • 1
  • Robert Hanna
    • 2
  1. 1.Emmanuel CollegeBostonUSA
  2. 2.Independent PhilosopherBoulderUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-19545-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-19546-5
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