The Extended Mind

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Richard Menary
MIT Press, 2010 - Philosophy - 382 pages
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Where does the mind stop and the rest of the world begin? In their famous 1998 paper "The Extended Mind," philosophers Andy Clark and David J. Chalmers posed this question and answered it provocatively: cognitive processes "ain't all in the head." The environment has an active role in driving cognition; cognition is sometimes made up of neural, bodily, and environmental processes. Their argument excited a vigorous debate among philosophers, both supporters and detractors. This volume brings together for the first time the best responses to Clark and Chalmers's bold proposal. These responses, together with the original paper by Clark and Chalmers, offer a valuable overview of the latest research on the extended mind thesis. The contributors first discuss (and answer) objections raised to Clark and Chalmers's thesis. Clark himself responds to critics in an essay that uses the movie "Memento"'s amnesia-aiding notes and tattoos to illustrate the workings of the extended mind. Contributors then consider the different directions in which the extended mind project might be taken, including the need for an approach that focuses on cognitive activity and practice.

  

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Contents

The Extended Mind in Focus
1
2 The Extended Mind
27
The Extended Mind Extended
43
4 Defending the Bounds of Cognition
67
A Reply to Adams and Aizawa
81
6 The Varieties of Externalism
101
7 The Alleged CouplingConstitution Fallacy and the Mature Sciences
155
8 Meaning Making and the Mind of the Externalist
167
10 Cognitive Integration and the Extended Mind
227
11 In Defense of Extended Functionalism
245
12 Consciousness Broadly Construed
271
UtteranceActivity and Distributed Cognition
295
Does the Scaffolding of Language Extend the Mind?
325
15 The Extended Mind the Concept of Belief and Epistemic Credit
355
Contributors
371
Index
373

History the Extended Mind and the Civilizing Process
189

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About the author (2010)

Richard Menary is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Wollongong. He is the author of Cognitive Integration and other books.

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