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Hayek: Cognitive Scientist Avant la Lettre

The following is an abstract for my forthcoming (2009) contibution to: The Social Science of Hayek’s ‘The Sensory Order’ William N. Butos, Volume Editor Advances in Austrian Economics Hayek: Cognitive Scientist Avant la Lettre This paper conceives of Hayek’s overall project as presenting a theory of sociocognition, explication of which has a twofold purpose: 1.…

Mindscapes and Landscapes: The Extended Mind

It’s been ten years since a snappy and provocative paper by Andy Clark and David Chalmers (1998) audaciously burst upon the philosophical scene. Given that the paper had been rejected three years earlier by three major journals (Chalmers 2008, 42), it must surely have come as an enormous surprise to the authors that a veritable…

Stigmergic Epistemology, Stigmergic Cognition

A co-authored paper with Chris Onof, Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London and School of Philosophy, Birkbeck College London. A pre-press version is available for download here. Final to appear in Cognitive Systems Research Special Issue. Abstract: To know is to cognize, to cognize is to be a culturally bounded, rationality-bounded and environmentally located agent. Knowledge and cognition…

Ryle and Oakeshott on the knowing-how/knowing-that distinction

Ryle   Oakeshott I presented this paper at the third international Michael Oakeshott Association conference. ——————————————- Abstract: Politics make a call upon knowledge. Consequently, it is not irrelevant to inquire into the kind of knowledge which is involved . . . (Rationalism in politics, p. 45) Gilbert Ryle’s ‘Knowing How/Knowing That’ distinction gave crisp articulation to a…

Taking the Super out of the Supernatural

I recently took part in a symposium to discuss Loyal Rue’s Religion is not About God.  This syposium has been published in the June issue of Zygon. ————————————————- TAKING THE SUPER OUT OF THE SUPERNATURAL (OR A MANIFESTO FOR A LATTER-DAY PANTHEISM) Abstract Metaphysical dualities divorce humankind from its natural environment, dualities that can precipitate environmental…

Review Essay: Dennett’s Breaking the Spell

My review essay of Dennett’s Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon has just been published in The Journal of Mind and Behavior, Summer and Autumn 2006, Vol. 27, Nos. 3 and 4: 357-366. If you’d like to receive a reprint please drop me a line. Update – now available online. ========================================== The thesis that…