Methodological and Philosophical Issues in Studies on Embodied Knowledge

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We argue that studies on embodied knowledge should deal with the process of how knowledge is learned, if we consider the essential meaning of the notion of “embodiment”. In other words, those studies are supposed to deal with the flow of time as the learner lives a life, because learning of embodied knowledge is intrinsically embedded in minds, social contexts, and life. Then, in examinations of learning embodied knowledge or skills, the rigid application of the three principles of modern science, i.e., universality, objectivity, and logicality, will hamper capturing the realities that are rich in “embodiment” aspects in living, such as subjectivity, situated-ness, peculiarity of persons, places and times, and multiplicity of meanings. The purpose of this paper is to discuss methodological and philosophical issues involved in studies on embodied knowledge. Further, we argue that one promising method of studies may be that of embodied metacognition; that enables examinations of the processes of learning involving rich aspects of “embodiment” in living. Finally, we discuss its relationship with the methodology of constructive science and with the notion of narrative approach to human practical intelligence in living people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-184
Number of pages18
JournalNew Generation Computing
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Apr 1

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Keywords

  • Constructive science
  • Embodied metacognition
  • Embodiment
  • Methodology of modern science
  • Narrative

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  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Methodological and Philosophical Issues in Studies on Embodied Knowledge. / Suwa, Masaki.

In: New Generation Computing, Vol. 37, No. 2, 01.04.2019, p. 167-184.

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