From Wide Cognition to Mechanisms: A Silent Revolution

Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
In this paper, we argue that several recent ‘wide’ perspectives on cognition (embodied, embedded, extended, enactive, and distributed) are only partially relevant to the study of cognition. While these wide accounts override traditional methodological individualism, the study of cognition has already progressed beyond these proposed perspectives towards building integrated explanations of the mechanisms involved, including not only internal submechanisms but also interactions with others, groups, cognitive artifacts, and their environment. The claim is substantiated with reference to recent developments in the study of “mindreading” and debates on emotions. We claim that the current practice in cognitive (neuro)science has undergone, in effect, a silent mechanistic revolution, and has turned from initial binary oppositions and abstract proposals towards the integration of wide perspectives with the rest of the cognitive (neuro)sciences.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
MIKFWC
Upload history
Archival date: 2019-01-05
View other versions
Added to PP index
2018-12-07

Total views
149 ( #29,683 of 54,458 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
33 ( #21,885 of 54,458 )

How can I increase my downloads?

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