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Internal Perception

The Role of Bodily Information in Concepts and Word Mastery


Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 40)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Sara Dellantonio, Luigi Pastore
    Pages 1-45
  3. Sara Dellantonio, Luigi Pastore
    Pages 47-97
  4. Sara Dellantonio, Luigi Pastore
    Pages 149-196
  5. Sara Dellantonio, Luigi Pastore
    Pages 297-357
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 359-366

About this book


This book investigates how bodily information contributes to categorization processes for at least some conceptual classes and thus to the individual mastery of meanings for at least some word classes.

The bodily information considered is mainly that provided by the so-called proprioceptive and interoceptive systems introduced by Sherrington. The authors reconsider this in a new Gibsonian fashion calling it more generally “proprioception”, which indicates the complex of all the bodily signals we are aware of and the qualitative experiences these give rise to. The book shows that proprioceptive information understood in this sense is essential for explaining (among others) how we develop broad categories such as animate vs. inanimate, concepts denoting bodily experiences such as hunger or pain as well as emotions and abstract concepts such as friendship and freedom and in accounting for how we master the meanings of the corresponding words in our language.






Concepts Word Mastery Mentalism/Antimentalism Qualitative Character of Experience Mind/computer Analogy Interoception Proprioception Embodiment Internal Monitoring System Emotion Categorization Categorization of Internal States Perceptual Schema Concepts vs. Categories Animate/Inanimate Abstract Concepts/terms Perceptual vs. Cognitive Theories of Emotion Abstract vs. Theoretical Semantic Mastery in Autism Alexithymia

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology and Cognitive SciencesUniversity of TrentoRoveretoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Education Science, Psychology, Communication ScienceUniversity of BariBariItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Internal Perception
  • Book Subtitle The Role of Bodily Information in Concepts and Word Mastery
  • Authors Sara Dellantonio
    Luigi Pastore
  • Series Title Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies Applied Philosophy, Epistemology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-662-55761-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-57251-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-55763-1
  • Series ISSN 2192-6255
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-6263
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 366
  • Number of Illustrations 9 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Mind
    Cognitive Psychology
    Artificial Intelligence
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