Extended Cognition and the Extended Mind: Introduction

Essays in Philosophy 17 (2):1-7 (2016)
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Abstract

The hypothesis that cognition, and the mind more generally, might extend beyond the margins of the body came to prominence in the 1990s. The most oft-cited source is Andy Clark and David Chalmers’ celebrated 1998 article ‘The Extended Mind’. The six papers in this issue of Essays in Philosophy explore various aspects of the extended mind thesis and related ideas. While all but one of them discuss Clark and Chalmers’ article, and all are sympathetic to the extended mind movement, the later papers in the issue are increasingly of the opinion that it is time for the movement to abandon that early framework.

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