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Single Idea 11142

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / E. Mind as Physical / 1. Physical Mind]

Full Idea

It is claimed, on the basis of empirical research, that the type of body that an organism has profoundly affects it cognitive operations and the way it conceptualises the world. We can't assume that human minds could inhere in wildly different body types.

Gist of Idea

Body-type seems to affect a mind's cognition and conceptual scheme


E Margolis/S Laurence (Concepts [2009], 3.2)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.12

A Reaction

Sounds interesting. They cite Lawrence Shapiro 2004. It needs a large effort of imagination to think how a snake or whale or albatross might conceptualise the world, in relation to their bodies.

Related Idea

Idea 5724 Lions, foxes and deer have distinct characters because their minds share in their bodies [Lucretius]