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date: 18 October 2019

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This chapter argues that an important item on the agenda for the ongoing dialogue between cognitive scientists and microsociologists is how to replace Cartesian mind-body dualism. Although it takes the position that strict mind-body dualism should be laid to rest, it argues that replacing this dichotomy with a holistic theory risks making it harder for researchers to see analytic distinctions that make a real difference. It uses examples from Loïc Wacquant’s Body and Soul to illustrate the argument that sociologists should replace the old dualism with a new, improved one that incorporates cognitive science regarding differences between habitual, embodied cognition and intentional, discursive cognition. This will help microsociologists and cognitive scientists be in the best possible position to understand, enrich, and improve each other’s work.

Keywords: cognition, culture, dualism, habitus, microsociology, embodied, discursive

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