Overextending the Mind?

ARGUING ABOUT THE MIND, Brie Gertler, Lawrence Shapiro, eds., Routledge, 2007

13 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2007

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Brie Gertler

Department of Philosophy, University of Virginia

Abstract

Clark and Chalmers argue that the mind is extended - that is, its boundary lies beyond the skin. In this essay, I will criticize this conclusion. However, I will also defend some of the more controversial elements of Clark and Chalmers's argument. I reject their conclusion because I think that their argument shows that a seemingly innocuous assumption, about internal states and processes, is flawed. My goal is not to conclusively refute Clark and Chalmers's conclusion. My aim is only to reveal the best alternative for those who remain skeptical about the existence - or, perhaps, even the possibility - of extended minds.

Keywords: externalism, mind, self

Suggested Citation

Gertler, Brie, Overextending the Mind?. ARGUING ABOUT THE MIND, Brie Gertler, Lawrence Shapiro, eds., Routledge, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=999712

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