Andy Clark and His Critics

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Matteo Colombo, Elizabeth Irvine, Mog Stapleton
Oxford University Press, Jun 3, 2019 - Law - 328 pages
Andy Clark is a leading philosopher of cognitive science, whose work has had an extraordinary impact throughout philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and robotics. His monographs have led the way for new research programs in the philosophy of mind and cognition: Microcognition (1989) and Associative Engines (1993) introduced the philosophical community to connectionist research and the novel issues it raised; Being There (1997) showed the relevance of embodiment, dynamical systems theory, and minimal computation frameworks for the study of the mind; Natural Born Cyborgs (OUP 2003) presented an accessible development of embodied and embedded approaches to understanding human nature and cognition; Supersizing the Mind (OUP 2008) developed this yet further along with the famous "Extended Mind" hypothesis; and Surfing Uncertainty (OUP 2017) presents a framework for uniting perception, action, and the embodied mind.

In Andy Clark and His Critics, a range of high-profile researchers in philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, and empirical cognitive science, critically engage with Clark's work across the themes of: Extended, Embodied, Embedded, Enactive, and Affective Minds; Natural Born Cyborgs; and Perception, Action, and Prediction. Daniel Dennett provides a foreword on the significance of Clark's work, and Clark replies to each section of the book, thus advancing current literature with original contributions that will form the basis for new discussions, debates and directions in the discipline.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Extended Cognition and Extended Consciousness
9
Extended Information Processing Doesnt Equal Extended Mind
21
3 Clark on Language Cognition and Extended Cognition
32
4 Extended Mental Features
44
5 Extended Affectivity Reconsidered
56
The Roles of Body in Cognition
69
Beyond Parity and Complementarity in the Arguments for Extended Cognition
81
11 The Archaeology of the Extended Mind
143
On the Epistemic Implications of Ecological Information
161
13 Beyond the Desert Landscape
174
14 QuicknLean or Slow and Rich? Andy Clark on Predictive Processing and Embodied Cognition
191
15 How Radical Is Predictive Processing?
206
16 Ways of Mindmaking
222
The Origins of Selfhood in ControlOriented Interoceptive Inference
238
18 The Minds of Insects
254

Embracing Continuity While Accepting Difference
99
9 Building Inner Tools
113
10 When Is a Mind Extended?
128
In Search of the Embodied Extended Enactive Predictive EEEP Mind
266
Index
303
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Matteo Colombo is Associate Professor in the Tilburg Center for Logic, Ethics, and Philosophy of Science, and in the Department of Philosophy at Tilburg University.

Elizabeth Irvine is a Lecturer at Cardiff University.

Mog Stapleton is a Research Fellow in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.

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