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Author Malafouris, Lambros.
Title How things shape the mind : a theory of material engagement / Lambros Malafouris ; foreword by Colin Renfrew.
Imprint Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2013]

Subject Neuroanthropology.
Material culture.
Cognition and culture.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 304 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction -- Chronesthesia, the prehistory of mind -- Recasting the boundaries of the mind -- At the tip of the blind man's stick -- What is the difference that makes a difference? -- Setting the scene -- realm of material engagement -- synopsis of the book -- I. Cognition and Material Culture -- 2. Rethinking the Archaeology of Mind -- In search of the ancient mind -- Where is the mind? -- Cognitivism -- Re-presentation: Looking at the other side of the engram -- Dismantling Hawkes' ladder -- 3. Material-Engagement Approach: A Summary of the Argument -- How to carve mind at its joints -- Boundaries, paths, and analytical units -- Understanding evolvability: The developmental challenge -- "Vital materiality": How to take material culture seriously -- Metaplasticity -- Material engagement: The analytical nexus -- ontological recommendation -- II. Outline of a Theory of Material Engagement -- 4. Extended Mind -- Beyond cognitivism: Thinking outside the brain -- embodied mind -- distributed-cognition approach -- Remembering through, or how a Linear B tablet helps you forget -- intelligent use of clay -- Were it to happen in the head: From "parity" to "complementarity" and beyond -- hypothesis of the constitutive intertwining of cognition with material culture -- Things matter: The coupling-constitution fallacy -- Being where? The locational fallacy -- affect of engagement -- 5. Enactive Sign -- Moving beyond representation -- fallacy of the linguistic sign -- Searching for the properties of the material sign -- enactive logic of the material sign -- Projections through matter -- Material anchors and integrative projections -- Making numbers out of clay -- Learning to count in the Neolithic -- material sign and the meaning of engagement -- 6. Material Agency -- Material culture and agency -- Toward a non-anthropocentric conception -- Actor-Network Theory -- argument for material agency -- Methodological fetishism -- Intentionality and secondary agents -- Agency and intentionality -- Rethinking "things" as agents -- Ask not "What is an agent?" but "When is an agent?" -- conceptual talisman -- III. Marking the Mental: Where Brain, Body, and Culture Conflate -- 7. Knapping Intentions and the Handmade Mind -- Homo faber. Prosthetic gestures -- tools of the Stone Age -- Where does the knapper end and the stone tool begin? -- Tools for a plastic mind -- "handaxe enigma" revisited -- Reassembling the mind of the toolmaker -- Enactive intentionalities: The merging of flesh with stone -- Tools are us: A "cyborg" species -- 8. Thoughtful Marks, Lines, and Signs -- Mark-making humans -- prehistory of mark making -- What is so special about these marks? The tyranny of modernity -- From "deliberateness" to "symbolic or representational intent" -- Were they symbols? -- What kind of line? Getting outside the engraver's mind -- Learning to see: On being conscious of marks and pictures -- liberation of sight -- Becoming symbol-minded -- 9. Becoming One with the Clay -- Thrown on the wheel -- At the potter's wheel: Agency in action -- Agency and "sense" of agency -- "I did it": The problem of agency -- Agency in pottery making -- Time, agency, and material engagement -- Situated bodies and the feeling of clay -- 10. Epilogue: How Do Things Shape the Mind? -- Methodological ramifications -- What is it to be human? -- Homo faber -- Homo symbolicus: When is a symbol? -- Unlearning modernity -- At the tip of the blind man's stick: "We have never been modern" -- spike of culture.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781461935674 (electronic bk.)
1461935679 (electronic bk.)
0262315661 (electronic bk.)
9780262315661 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 853455876
Additional Format Print version: Malafouris, Lambros. How things shape the mind. Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2013] 9780262019194 (DLC) 2012045908 (OCoLC)820450748