1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Bodily Awareness

Edited By Adrian J.T. Alsmith, Matthew R. Longo Copyright 2023
    570 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Bodily awareness is one of the most interesting and enigmatic forms of experience. Our earliest and most pervasive form of conscious experience, it also arguably remains the most private. Bodily awareness has also long played a central role in the study of the mind and self-consciousness, and is fundamental to much current philosophical and psychological research.

    The Routledge Handbook of Bodily Awareness is an outstanding reference source to this fascinating subject. Comprising over thirty chapters by an international team of contributors, the Handbook is divided into seven parts:

    • Epistemology and Metaphysics
    • Historical Issues
    • Body Representation
    • Sensing the Body
    • Dynamics
    • Pathology
    • Interaction

    Within these sections specific topics covered include bodily ownership, personal identity, self-consciousness, body modelling in robot design, body illusions, touch, proprioception, phantom limb syndrome, pain, eating disorders, out-of-body experiences and virtual reality. The handbook features specially commissioned contributions from researchers in a wide array of disciplines, whilst being accessible to readers with any disciplinary background. It also includes an interdisciplinary introduction, written by the editors, tying together the central themes with particular attention to the interaction between conceptual, technological and empirical issues.

    The Routledge Handbook of Bodily Awareness will be of great interest to those in a wide variety of philosophical subdisciplines as well as those in psychology, cognitive science, sociology and related subjects.

    Introduction: Bodily Awareness and the Body Adrian Alsmith and Matthew Longo

    Part 1: Epistemology and Metaphysics

    1. Bodily Self-Reference Jose Luis Bermúdez

    2. Bodily Awareness Without the Body Rory Madden

    3. Ten Problems of Body Ownership Frédérique de Vignemont

    4. Resisting Phenomenalism: From Effort to Mind-Independence Olivier Massin

    Part 2: Historical Issues

    5. Aristotle on Feelings of Bodily Changes Pia Campeggiani

    6. Not a Sailor in His Ship: Descartes on Bodily Awareness Colin Chamberlain

    7. Sense Experience and Differentiation – Husserl on Bodily Awareness Joona Taipale

    8. Bodily Awareness in French Phenomenology Maren Wehrle and Maxime Doyon

    9. Clinical Disorders of Body Representations: An Historical Perspective Branch Coslett

    Part 3: Body Representation

    10. Bodily Self-Awareness and Body Schematic Processes Shaun Gallagher

    11. Distinguishing Body Representations Jared Medina

    12. Predictive Processing and Body Representation Jakob Hohwy and Stephen Gadsby

    13. Peripersonal Space (PPS) Andrea Serino

    14. Body Models in Humans and Robots Matej Hoffmann and Matthew Longo

    Part 4: Sensing the Body

    15. Bodily Illusions H. Henrik Ehrsson

    16. Sensing the Body Through Sound Ana Tajadura-Jiménez, Merle T. Fairhurst and Ophelia Deroy

    17. The Puzzle of Proprioception Alisa Mandrigin

    18. Interoception and the Mentalization of Bodily States André Schulz and Manos Tsakiris

    Part 5: Dynamics

    19. Developmental Origins of Bodily Awareness Andy Bremner

    20. Phantom Limbs Michael L. Anderson, Jonathan G. Bowen, and Vicente Raja

    21. Bodily Skill Josh Shepherd

    22. Tool Use Luke E. Miller and Alessandro Farnè

    23. Distal Touch and the Sensational Model Adrian Alsmith

    Part 6: Pathology

    24. Pain, the Body, and Awareness Jennifer Corns

    25. Depersonalisation Alexandre Billon

    26. Body Representation in Anorexia Nervosa Anouk Keizer and Manja Engel

    27. Disorders Of Body Ownership Paul Jenkinson, Valentina Moro, and Aikaterini (Katerina) Fotopoulou

    28. Out-Of-Body Experiences Bigna Lenggenhager and Jasmine T. Ho

    Part 7: Interaction

    29. Body Scaling of Visually Perceived Metric Space Dennis R. Proffitt, Sally A. Linkenauger, Lisa P. Y. Lin, and Rachael L. Taylor

    30. A Plastic Virtual Self: How Virtual Reality Can Be Transforming Mel Slater and Maria V. Sanchez-Vives

    31. Body-Based User Interfaces Paul Strohmeier, Henning Pohl, Jess Mcintosh, Aske Mottelson, Jarrod Knibbe, Yvonne Jansen, Joanna Bergström, and Kasper Hornbæk

    32. Drug-Induced Alterations of Bodily Awareness Raphaël Millière

    33. Social Bodily Self: Conceptual and Psychopathological Considerations Francesca Ferroni and Vittorio Gallese.



    Adrian J.T. Alsmith is Lecturer in Philosophy at King’s College London, UK. He has published on bodily awareness, body representation, self-consciousness, and multisensory spatial perception. He is co-editor of The Subject’s Matter (MIT Press, 2017).

    Matthew R. Longo is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. He studied at Berkeley and Chicago before conducting postdoctoral research at University College London. His research investigates the psychological and neural bases of bodily experience.