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The extended mind

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The Extended Mind Hypothesis (EMH) made its public debut in the pages of Analysis

    in 1988, with the appearance of a landmark paper by Clark and Chalmers. They

    advanced the bold claim that some cognitive processing has an extent that is beyond

    the boundaries of the skin or the skull. Their claim differs from the still much disputed

    idea that the content of mental states must be individuated, at least in part, by external

    factors. With a different focus, the originators of EMH defend active externalism – the

    view which holds that the underlying cognitive processes that make certain mental

    happenings possible are, at least sometimes, not entirely brainbound. This kind

    of wide ranging cognition allegedly occurs when the use of external resources is

    unavoidable for enabling the completion of specific cognitive tasks.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Hutto, D. (2011). The extended mind. Analysis, 71 (4), 785-787.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/718

Number Of Pages


  • 2

Start Page


  • 785

End Page


  • 787

Volume


  • 71

Issue


  • 4

Abstract


  • The Extended Mind Hypothesis (EMH) made its public debut in the pages of Analysis

    in 1988, with the appearance of a landmark paper by Clark and Chalmers. They

    advanced the bold claim that some cognitive processing has an extent that is beyond

    the boundaries of the skin or the skull. Their claim differs from the still much disputed

    idea that the content of mental states must be individuated, at least in part, by external

    factors. With a different focus, the originators of EMH defend active externalism – the

    view which holds that the underlying cognitive processes that make certain mental

    happenings possible are, at least sometimes, not entirely brainbound. This kind

    of wide ranging cognition allegedly occurs when the use of external resources is

    unavoidable for enabling the completion of specific cognitive tasks.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Hutto, D. (2011). The extended mind. Analysis, 71 (4), 785-787.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/718

Number Of Pages


  • 2

Start Page


  • 785

End Page


  • 787

Volume


  • 71

Issue


  • 4