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Staging Heidegger: Corporeal Philosophy, Cogntive Science, and the Theater

  • Thomas Blake
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Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 109)

Abstract

Identifying the extent to which neuroscience, bio-linguistics, and fundamental ontology intersect, this paper explores how cognitive science and Heidegger’s hermeneutic approach both indicate that “the mind,” as embodied in a physiological frame, operates in tandem with all of our affective mechanisms in order to fashion subjectivity and to construct a composite of “reality.” Emergent data in cognitive science also coincides with Heidegger’s assertion that the phenomenon of empathy plays a particularly salient role in human interaction and conceptions of selfhood. Since literary works can play such a radically important role in how we understand “the world” and how we conceptualize Otherness and since literature, itself, functions by evoking empathy, I propose that dramatic performance, as literature embodied, constitutes a particularly effective mode of representation through which being-in-the-world materializes aesthetically.

Keywords

Mirror Neuron Conceptual Metaphor Factical Concretion Fundamental Ontology Mirror Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Monroe Community CollegeBrightonUSA

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