The Feeling Body: Affective Science Meets the Enactive Mind

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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.5 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Giovanna Colombetti is Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Sociology, Philosophy, and Anthropology at the University of Exeter, UK.


Giovanna Colombetti's discussion of these topics effectively integrates scientific research and phenomenological descriptions of lived experience. What results is an insightful and genuinely interdisciplinary discussion of emotion that will be of interest to affective scientists, emotion theorists, phenomenologists, and proponents of enactivism....There are many topics in this thought-provoking book that merit further attention.--Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences--

Colombetti's a welcome addition the tradition of enactivism that was inaugurated by Varela, Thompson, and Rosch....The novelty of her proposal lies in its thematic focus....Colombetti is interested in exploring the enactive notion of living and lived embodiment.

--New Ideas in Psychology--

Promising and provocative....Colombetti's book is a valuable contribution to this dialogue, a first sustained argument for enactivism as a unified and coherent understanding of the affects.

--Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews--

An excellent read in enactivism....Colombetti develops her own enactive approach against the backdrop of careful reviews of other theories....a remarkably clear...source of knowledge for all those who wish to learn more about the mind as an embodied and thoroughly living phenomenon.


The Feeling Body is the book that I wish had been available at the beginning of my graduate studies. It will provide an excellent stepping-stone for researchers in this area to develop the nascent area of affectivity and embodiment yet further.

--Constructivist Foundations--