The dialogically extended mind: Language as skilful intersubjective engagement

Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
A growing conceptual and empirical literature is advancing the idea that language extends our cognitive skills. One of the most influential positions holds that language – qua material symbols – facilitates individual thought processes by virtue of its material properties (Clark, 2006a). Extending upon this model, we argue that language enhances our cognitive capabilities in a much more radical way: the skilful engagement of public material symbols facilitates evolutionarily unprecedented modes of collective perception, action and reasoning (interpersonal synergies) creating dialogically extended minds. We relate our approach to other ideas about collective minds ( Gallagher, 2011, Theiner et al., 2010 and Tollefsen, 2006) and review a number of empirical studies to identify the mechanisms enabling the constitution of interpersonal cognitive systems.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Revision history
Archival date: 2013-07-22
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
The Bounds of Cognition.Adams, Frederick & Aizawa, Kenneth
The Extended Mind.Clark, Andy & Chalmers, David J.

View all 43 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Writing in Mind.Theiner, Georg

View all 8 citations / Add more citations

Added to PP index

Total views
851 ( #3,807 of 50,241 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
58 ( #9,678 of 50,241 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.