Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo


  • John Cromby
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_89


Embodiment is an important concept in critical psychology. When this term is used in place of alternatives (typically, the body), it indicates an emphasis on the experientially lived, biologically enabled preconditions of subjectivity and experience. The origins of this way of thinking can in part be traced back at least to Kant, although today it is primarily associated with phenomenology. In critical psychology it is often used to counter currently dominant notions of cognition and to understand the profound extent to which social and cultural influences are already part of our activity and experience.


Both the location and the character of the body in the world, and the ways in which this body structures and enables experience; the bodily aspects of human subjectivity.


Phenomenology; embodied cognition; habitus


In his philosophy, Kant was frequently concerned with the a priori conditions of cognition and knowledge, so the body – as...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology, School of Sport, Exercise and Health SciencesLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK