Several classics about the nature of action in the physical world:
- James Gibson,. The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception. New Jersey, USA, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1979
Actually a bit embarrassing as I have written about affordance and cited Gibson many times, but never read the original!
- Martin Heidegger. Being and Time. Harper Perennial Modern Classics; Reprint edition, 2008
Similarly how many times have I cited ‘ready to hand’! But then again how many people have read Heidegger?
- Martin Heidegger. Basic Writings. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2008
This is a ‘best bits’ for Heidegger!
- Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Phenomenology of Perception. London, England, Routledge, 1958
Everybody seems to cite Merleau-Ponty, but don’t know much about him … except all that French philosophy is bound to be heavy!
A couple more with a human as action system perspective, that seem to be well reviewed (and I’m guessing easier reads!):
- Shaun Gallagher. How the Body Shapes the Mind. Oxford, UK, Clarendon Press, 2005
- Alva Noë. Action in Perception. MIT Press, 2005
- Paul Ricoeur. Memory, History, Forgetting. Chicago University Press; New edition, 2006
- Paul Ricoeur. Time and Narrative, Volume 1, Chicago University Press; New edition, 1990
More classics … and I suspect heavy reads, got another Rocoeur already, but it is still on my “to read” pile.
- Svetlana Boym. The Future of Nostalgia. Basic Books, 2008
Just sounded good.
Will report on them as I go 🙂