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Supersizing the Mind: Embodiment, Action, and Cognitive Extension

Andy Clark


Studies of mind, thought, and reason have tended to marginalize the role of bodily form, real-world action, and environmental backdrop. In recent years, both in philosophy and cognitive science, this tendency has been identified and, increasingly, resisted. The result is a plethora of work on what has become known as embodied, situated, distributed, and even ‘extended’ cognition. Work in this new, loosely-knit field depicts thought and reason as in some way inextricably tied to the details of our gross bodily form, our habits of action and intervention, and the enabling web of social, cultural ... More

Keywords: mind, thought and reason, bodily thought, real-world action, environment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195333213
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333213.001.0001


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Andy Clark, author
University of Edinburgh
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