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Organon F

Volume 27, February 2020, Issue 1, Pages 29–55

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article

The Content of the Body Representations that Guide Everyday Action

Luis Alejandro Murillo Lara



In this paper, I argue that activities as crossing the road, riding a bike or going through a door involve body representations with non-conceptual mental content. Firstly, I discuss some key objections to the notion of body representations for action, in order to draw out their main consequences. Then I introduce an approach to the content of body representations involved in the guidance of everyday action, which seems to satisfy crucial demands in exchange for moving away from conceptual views on mental content. I conclude by discussing a potential objection to that proposal and presenting some thoughts on the relationship between conceptual and non-conceptual content in this field.


Action; body representations; Merleau-Ponty; non-conceptual mental content.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)


Luis Alejandro Murillo Lara


Universitaria Agustiniana


Universitaria Agustiniana, Avenida Ciudad de Cali No. 11b-95, 110821, Bogotá, Colombia



About this article


9 August 2018


31 May 2019

Published online

4 July 2019


Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Cite as


Murillo Lara, L.A. (2020). The Content of the Body Representations that Guide Everyday Action. Organon F27(1), 29–55. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2020.27102


Murillo Lara, Luis Alejandro. 2020. "The Content of the Body Representations that Guide Everyday Action." Organon F 27 (1): 29–55. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2020.27102


Murillo Lara, L.A. (2020). The Content of the Body Representations that Guide Everyday Action. Organon F, 27(1), pp. 29–55. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2020.27102

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© Luis Alejandro Murillo Lara

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