This book explores both the embodied nature of social life and the social nature of human bodily life. It provides an accessible review of the contemporary social science debates on the body, and develops a coherent new perspective. Nick Crossley critically reviews the literature on mind and body, and also on the body and society. He draws on theoretical insights from the work of Gilbert Ryle, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, George Herbert Mead and Pierre Bourdieu, and shows how the work of these writers overlaps in interesting and important ways which, when combined, provide the basis for a persuasive and robust account of human embodiment. The Social Body provides a timely review of the theoretical approach
Chapter 4: Beyond Dualism: Exorcising Descartes' Ghost
Beyond Dualism: Exorcising Descartes' Ghost
… ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ with respect to human action are mere metaphors. When we talk of something inside us, we do not mean a real physical inside that could be reached directly through an orifice in the body as an alternative to the mere indirect access we have via a person's expression.
Having discussed the problems of both Cartesian dualism and the vulgar materialism of the mind–brain identity theory, I want to turn in this chapter to a study which sets us on the way to a non-dualistic sociology: Gilbert Ryle's (1949) The Concept of Mind. The title of this work may sound oddly out of place in a book on embodiment. Nothing ...