Embodied Thoughts Concepts and compositionality without language

Benoit Hardy-Vallee, Pierre Poirier

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/ths.2008.004


This paper first and foremost aims at defending what we believe to be a step in that direction of the proper view of thinking, a view we call the spatial-motor view. In order to do so, however, we have found it essential to start by addressing the conceptual confusion just alluded to. Accordingly, the paper proceeds in two steps. First a conceptual step, in which we reconsider some of the traditional categories brought into play when thinking about thinking. Then an empirical step, in which we offer empirical evidence for one of the views conceptually isolated during -he first part of the work. Future version of this collaborative work will include a speculative step in which we spin out an evolutionary and developmental scenario whose function is to justify the spatial-motor view by showing how it fits into current evolutionary and developmental theories.


embodied thoughts; concepts; compositionality without language; analogy; analogical inference

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