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Extended cognition and fixed properties : steps to a third-wave version of extended cognition

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This paper explores several paths a distinctive third wave of extended

    cognition might take. In so doing, I address a couple of shortcomings of first- and

    second-wave extended cognition associated with a tendency to conceive of the

    properties of internal and external processes as fixed and non-interchangeable. First,

    in the domain of cognitive transformation, I argue that a problematic tendency of the

    complementarity model is that it presupposes that socio-cultural resources augment

    but do not significantly transform the brain’s representational capacities during

    diachronic development. In this paper I show that there is available a much more

    dynamical explanation—one taking the processes of the brain’s enculturation into

    patterned practices as transforming the brain’s representational capacities. Second, in

    the domain of cognitive assembly, I argue that another problematic tendency is an

    individualistic notion of cognitive agency, since it overlooks the active contribution

    of socio-cultural practices in the assembly process of extended cognitive systems. In

    contrast to an individualistic notion of cognitive agency, I explore the idea that it is

    possible to decentralize cognitive agency to include socio-cultural practices.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Kirchhoff, M. D. (2012). Extended cognition and fixed properties : steps to a third-wave version of extended cognition. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 11 (2), 287-308.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84862127081

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1617

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 21

Start Page


  • 287

End Page


  • 308

Volume


  • 11

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Netherlands

Abstract


  • This paper explores several paths a distinctive third wave of extended

    cognition might take. In so doing, I address a couple of shortcomings of first- and

    second-wave extended cognition associated with a tendency to conceive of the

    properties of internal and external processes as fixed and non-interchangeable. First,

    in the domain of cognitive transformation, I argue that a problematic tendency of the

    complementarity model is that it presupposes that socio-cultural resources augment

    but do not significantly transform the brain’s representational capacities during

    diachronic development. In this paper I show that there is available a much more

    dynamical explanation—one taking the processes of the brain’s enculturation into

    patterned practices as transforming the brain’s representational capacities. Second, in

    the domain of cognitive assembly, I argue that another problematic tendency is an

    individualistic notion of cognitive agency, since it overlooks the active contribution

    of socio-cultural practices in the assembly process of extended cognitive systems. In

    contrast to an individualistic notion of cognitive agency, I explore the idea that it is

    possible to decentralize cognitive agency to include socio-cultural practices.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Kirchhoff, M. D. (2012). Extended cognition and fixed properties : steps to a third-wave version of extended cognition. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 11 (2), 287-308.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84862127081

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1617

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 21

Start Page


  • 287

End Page


  • 308

Volume


  • 11

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Netherlands