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The Mind-Body Politic


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

  1. 1.Emmanuel CollegeBostonUSA
  2. 2.Independent PhilosopherBoulderUSA

About the authors

Michelle Maiese is Professor of Philosophy at Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She is the author of Embodiment, Emotion, and Cognition (2011), Embodied Selves and Embodied Minds (2015), and many articles on topics in philosophy of mind and psychiatry.

Robert Hanna is an independent philosopher who has held research or teaching positions at universities in Brazil, Canada, Luxembourg, the UK, and the USA. He is a philosophical generalist and the author or co-author of eleven books, including Rationality and Logic (2006), Embodied Minds in Action (co-authored with Michelle Maiese, 2009) and the five-volume book series, The Rational Human Condition (2015-2018).

Bibliographic information


“The book is not only an exposition of political discourse but concurrently an analysis of form, a rich and ambitious undertaking.” (Isobel Armstrong, Modern Philology, Vol. 117 (1), May, 2019)