The Socially Extended Mind

Shaun Gallagher known primarily for his work on embodiment and phenomenology is extending (pardon the gratuitous use of this term) his thinking to include the social dimension in a forthcoming talk in Montreal. (Friday, February 18th 2011, from 3 p.m. at UQAM, room DS-1950 – Métro Berri-UQAM, pavillon De Sève). The abstract posted:

I argue that Clark and Chalmers’ (1998) parity principle and the various criteria they use to define cognition are too conservative. On a more liberal vehicle externalist view we should extend the concept of the extended mind to include engagement with social and cultural institutions. I discuss problem solving using the legal system as an example. I also respond to specific objections that have been raised against the extended mind hypothesis.

I’m very much looking forward to seeing some of this work in print since this is coextensive with my work.