publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2008

Is it ‘me’ or is it ‘mine’? The Mycenaean sword as a body-part.

Malafouris, Dr Lambros;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2008
  • Publisher: Oxbow Books
This paper argues that material culture has the ability to change and shape our bodies by transforming and extending the boundaries of our body schema. To explore this argument I concentrate on the relationship between the Mycenaean body and the Mycenaean sword. Focusing on the early Mycenaean period I propose that the centre of consciousness and bodily awareness for the Mycenaean person, and for the warrior in particular, is not some ‘internal’ Cartesian ‘I’, but the tip of the sword. Through the tip of the sword the Mycenaean person is simultaneously reach out, makes sense of and apprehends the world. The sword as an enactive sign brings about a whole new semi...
free text keywords: Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Archeology
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