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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262220422 | 328 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 34 figures| September 1991
Paperback | $38.00 Short | £26.95 | ISBN: 9780262720212 | 328 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 34 figures| November 1992

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The Embodied Mind

Cognitive Science and Human Experience


The Embodied Mind provides a unique, sophisticated treatment of the spontaneous and reflective dimension of human experience. The authors argue that only by having a sense of common ground between mind in Science and mind in experience can our understanding of cognition be more complete. Toward that end, they develop a dialogue between cognitive science and Buddhist meditative psychology and situate it in relation to other traditions such as phenomenology and psychoanalysis.

About the Authors

Francisco Varela is Director of Research at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique and Professor of Cognitive Science and Epistemology, CREA, at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.

Evan Thompson is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto.

Eleanor Rosch is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.


“Our concern is to open a space of possibilities in which the circulation between cognitive science and human experience can be fully appreciated and to foster the transformative possibilities of human experience in a scientific culture.”
the authors
The Embodied Mind is a thoroughly original integration of cognitive science, continental philosophy, and Buddhist thought, and in its transpersonal dimension, rather beautiful.”
Gordon G. Globus , M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Philosophy, University of California, Irvine
“An important book with wideranging implications for the construction of subjectivity in the Western tradition. Moreover, it is engagingly written, presenting difficult ideas and complex research programs with grace, lucidity, and style.”
N. Katherine Hayles, American Book Review