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Joerg Fingerhut

Joerg Fingerhut

Situated Cognition, Embodiment and Visual Consciousness

Joerg Fingerhut studied philosophy in Berlin, graduating in 2007 with a thesis on the non-conceptual content of perception. After having completed a research assignment at Yale University, he worked on his doctoral thesis at the Collegium until 2012. He therein examines contemporary theories claiming that the body and the interactions with the environment it enables play a constitutive role for the content and modality of perception. His research emphases lie on philosophy of cognitive sciences – which ranges in its disciplines from psychology and biology to artificial intelligence and robotics –, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science. From 2009-2010 Joerg Fingerhut was member of the interdisciplinary research group “Functions of Consciousness” at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He was »Art & Neuroscience« Fellow at the Italian Academy (Columbia University, NY) for the Spring term 2013 and took up a position as assistant professor (Akademischer Rat auf Zeit) at the University of Stuttgart in the Summer of 2013.

Email: fingerhut@bildakt.de

Glossary articles (in German): Affordances, Ausgedehnter Geist 2, Enaktivismus


Organization of the Research Focus Embodied Cognition (see below) Responsible for the Fellow-Program


0. (forthcoming) Extended Imagery, Extended Access, Or Something Else? Pictures and the Extended Mind Hypothesis.
1. Einleitung (with Rebekka Hufendiek, Markus Wild), in: Philosophie der Verkörperung, Berlin: Suhrkamp 2013, 9-107.
2. Das Bild, dein Freund. Der fühlende und der sehende Körper in der enaktiven Bildwahrnehmung, in: Et in imagine ego. Facetten von Bildakt und Verkörperung, Berlin: Akademie Verlag 2012, S. 177-198.
3. The Body and the Experience of Presence, in: Feelings of Being Alive, Berlin/New York: de Gruyter 2012, 167-199.
4. How it Feels to Be Alive. Moods, Background Orientations, and Existential Feelings (with Sabine Marienberg), in: Feelings of Being Alive, Berlin/New York: de Gruyter 2012, 1-19.
5. Sensorimotor Signature, Skill, and Synaesthesia. Two Challenges for Enactive Theories of Perception, in: Habitus in Habitat III. Synaesthesia and Kinaesthetics, Berne/New York: Peter Lang 2011, 101-120.
6. Synaesthesia and Kinaesthetics: An Introduction« in: Habitus in Habitat III. Synaesthesia and Kinaesthetics, Berne/New York: Peter Lang 2011, 9-20.
7. Bildakt und Verkörperung. Ein DFG-Projekt von Horst Bredekamp und John Michael Krois« (with Horst Bredekamp, John Michael Krois und Jörg Trempler), in: humboldt spektrum, 16. Jg., 2009, Nrn. 2-3, 122-129.

Translations (into German)
1. O’Regan, J. Kevin/Alva Noë: “A Sensorimotor Account of Vision and Visual Consciousness,” The Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24/5 (2001), 939-73.
2. Brooks, Rodney A.: “Intelligence Without Representation,” Artificial Intelligence 47/1-3 (1991), 139-159 (mit R. Hufendiek).


1. Philosophie der Verkörperung. Grundlagentexte zu einer aktuellen Debatte, (with Rebekka Hufendiek, Markus Wild), Berlin: Suhrkamp 2013.
2. Feelings of Being Alive, (with Sabine Marienberg), Berlin/New York: de Gruyter 2012.
3. Habitus in Habitat III. Synaesthesia and Kinaesthetics, (with Sabine Flach, Jan Soeffner), Berne/New York: Peter Lang 2011. Cover; Contents
4. Cassirer, Ernst: Vorlesungen und Vorträge zu philosophischen Problemen der Wissenschaften, 1907-1945, (with Gerald Hartung, Rüdiger Kramme ), Hamburg: Meiner 2010.

1. Cassirer, Ernst. Kulturphilosophie: Vorlesungen und Vorträge 1929-1941, Rüdiger Kramme (eds.) in cooperation with Joerg Fingerhut, Hamburg: Meiner 2004.

In Preparation
1. Cassirer, Ernst. Schillers Philosophische Weltansicht, Joerg Fingerhut (ed.), Hamburg: Meiner [04/2014].


Classes taught

2014  Neuroaesthetics / Issues in the Philosophy of Art and Images (with Jakob Steinbrenner)
2013/14 Aesthetic Emotions / Richard Rorty: Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature / Introduction into the Philosophy of Mind (with Mog Stapleton)
2013  Philosophie der Verkörperung / Psychologische Ästhetik
2012/13 Anthropology of Pictures (with R. Felfe, J. Trempler)
2011/12 Mind in Nature. Issues in the Philosophy of Cognitive Science (with Katja Crone) 
2009/10 Andy Clark: The Extended Mind (with Rebekka Hufendiek)
2008 Introduction into the Cognitive Sciences
2007 Theories of Phenomenal Consciousness
2006/7 Elements of Mind (with Katharina Weikl)

Embodied Cognition

Organization: Joerg Fingerhut, Rebekka Hufendiek


Jesse Prinz (CUNY), Alva Noë (CUNY), Shaun Gallagher (Memphis University), Jan Slaby (Languages of Emotions, FU Berlin), Markus Wild (Institut für Philosophie, HU Berlin)

Research Cluster

The cluster “Embodied Cognition” examines the role played by the body in its interaction with the environment during thought-processes and perception. In the last two decades, a new school of cognitive science was established under the label of “Embodied Cognition,” in which classical theories of artificial intelligence research, psychology, and neuroscience have been challenged. At its center stands the assumption that cognition (thought, perception, emotion, and experience) cannot be explained by focusing on the brain, but must instead include references to the body and the interaction with its surrounding that both are constitutive for cognition. The cluster aims to question the terms commonly used in the debate – “embodiment,” “embedded cognition,” “enactivism,” and “extended mind” – as well as the concepts underlying them, and to discuss and sharpen these terms in close exchange with leading figures of the debate about “Embodied Cognition.”