Philosophical Psychology:1-29 (forthcoming)

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Paul Smart
University of Southampton
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There have been a number of attempts to apply mechanism-related concepts to the notion of extended cognition. Such accounts appeal to the idea that extended cognitive routines are realized by mechanisms that transcend some salient border or boundary. The present paper describes some of the challenges confronting the effort to develop a mechanistic account of extended cognition. In particular, it describes five problems that must be resolved if we are to make sense of the idea that extended cognition can be understood via an appeal to extended mechanisms. These problems are intended to guide the philosophical effort to develop a mechanistic account of extended cognition.
Keywords Extended Cognition  Constitutive Relevance  Mechanism  Active Externalism  Mechanistic Explanation
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DOI 10.1080/09515089.2021.2023123
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