Rethinking Practice as Research and the Cognitive Turn

May, Shaun (2015) Rethinking Practice as Research and the Cognitive Turn. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 176 pp. ISBN 978-1-137-52272-6. E-ISBN 978-1-137-52273-3. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137522733) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The last 15 years has seen an explosion of studies that use cognitive science to understand theatre, what McConachie and Hart (2006) called ‘the cognitive turn’ in theatre studies, whilst at the same time theatre-makers are using their artistic practice to interrogate research questions. Although these two areas might seem distinct, perhaps even opposed, in this book Shaun May suggests that there is a great deal to be gained from analysing them together and carefully attending to their conceptual foundations. After arguing that much of the work in the cognitive turn is conceptually flawed, May draws on the work of Gilbert Ryle and Ludwig Wittgenstein to suggest a rethinking of the concept of mind and, moreover, argues that this should form the foundation for our understanding of the kind of ‘doing-thinking’ that is characteristic of practice as research.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled keywords: Practice as research, cognitive science, theatre, performance, cognitive turn
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1655 Drama
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theatre
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Drama and Theatre
Depositing User: Shaun May
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2016 11:32 UTC
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2016 14:54 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53839 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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