Cognitive Spread: Under What Conditions Does the Mind Extend Beyond the Body?
Article first published online: 24 MAY 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
European Journal of Philosophy
How to Cite
Adams, Z. and Maher, C. (2012), Cognitive Spread: Under What Conditions Does the Mind Extend Beyond the Body?. European Journal of Philosophy. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0378.2012.00543.x
- Article first published online: 24 MAY 2012
The extended mind hypothesis (EMH) is the claim that the mind can and does extend beyond the human body. Adams and Aizawa (A&A) contend that arguments for EMH commit a ‘coupling constitution fallacy’. We deny that the master argument for EMH commits such a fallacy. But we think that there is an important question lurking behind A&A's allegation: under what conditions is cognition spread across a tightly coupled system? Building on some suggestions from Haugeland, we contend that the system must exhibit a distinctive sort of semantic activity, semantic activity that the system as a whole takes responsibility for.