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Against Smallism And Localism

By de Oliveira Guilherme Sanches and Chemero Anthony


The question whether cognition ever extends beyond the head is widely considered to be an empirical issue. And yet, all the evidence amassed in recent years has not sufficed to settle the debate. In this paper we suggest that this is because the debate is not really an empirical one, but rather a matter of definition. Traditional cognitive science can be identified as wedded to the ideals of “smallism” and “localism”. We criticize these ideals and articulate a case in favor of extended cognition by highlighting the historical pedigree and conceptual adequacy of related empirical and theoretical work

Topics: extended cognition, reductionism, internalism, affordances, dynamical systems, tool-use, social interaction, cognitive institutions, History of scholarship and learning. The humanities, AZ20-999
Publisher: De Gruyter Open
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1515/slgr-2015-0017
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