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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Clinical cognition and embodiment
Author(s): Paley, John
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Keywords: Cartesian
Issue Date: Jan-2004
Citation: Paley J (2004) Clinical cognition and embodiment, International Journal of Nursing Studies, 41 (1), pp. 1-13.
Abstract: I first identify two different distinctions: between Cartesian cognition and embodied cognition, and between calculative rationality and intuitive know-how. I then suggest that, in the nursing literature, these two distinctions are run together, to create an opposition between ‘Cartesian rationality’ and ‘embodied know-how’. However, it is vital to keep the two distinctions apart, because ‘embodied knowing’ is very frequently rational. In separating the idea of embodied cognition from non-rational intuition, I show how ‘embodiment’ leads to the concepts of distributed cognition and distributed expertise. This has extensive and important implications for how we understand clinical cognition in nursing.
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