The Bounds of Cognition
Frederick Adams, Kenneth Aizawa
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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Philosophie
An alarming number of philosophers and cognitive scientists haveargued that mind extends beyond the brain and body. This bookevaluates these arguments and suggests that, typically, it doesnot. * A timely and relevant study that exposes the need to develop amore sophisticated theory of cognition, while pointing to a boldnew direction in exploring the nature of cognition * Articulates and defends the "mark of thecognitive", a common sense theory used to distinguish betweencognitive and non-cognitive processes * Challenges the current popularity of extended cognition theorythrough critical analysis and by pointing out fallacies andshortcoming in the literature * Stimulates discussions that will advance debate about thenature of cognition in the cognitive sciences
"Where is human cognition located? Is human cognitive processingliterally constituted (at least partly) by non-neural portions ofthe environment? The contemporary debate about extended cognitionand the extended mind focuses on these questions, among others.Frederick Adams and Kenneth Aizawa's new book, The Bounds ofCognition (BC), contributes wonderfully to this debate. The book iscritical of the extended approach; but Adams and Aizawa (A&A)also work toward a positive view, one that allows, in principle,for extended cognition, while yielding very little of it when fedthe empirical facts."
"The Bounds of Cognition is the most thorough-going,forceful, and compelling critique of EMH so far."
"[This book] is without question a worthy and timely challengeto extended cognition, as well as to areas in related enterprisessuch as embodied cognition, situated cognition, dynamical systemstheory and artificial life.... I recommend the book highly toanyone interested in these issues."
"This is a well written, well argued book. Written byphilosophers mainly for philosophers.... It makes a seriouscontribution to the extended cognition debate that anyone with aserious interest in the issue needs to study."
"Advocates of EMT must undoubtedly examine the arguments andcriticisms that Adams and Aizawa offer in careful detail, becauseThe Bounds of Cognition is the most forceful and mostconvincing criticism of their position so far."
"The [authors] wrote this book as a reasoned challenge... .[It] offers an excellent overview of the promise, limits,and problems of bounded cognition. Recommended."
"Adams and Aizawa have written a book that is going to leave morethan a few researchers in the burgeoning field of embodiedcognition scratching their heads and wondering how they could havesaid those things. In a detailed study, Adams and Aizawa questionthe very foundations of embodied cognition while on the wayelaborating a series of challenges that those who wish to continuein the pursuit of embodied cognition must first address."
"Adams and Aizawa provide a timely and important critique of anemerging set of views and arguments often referred to as the'extended mind.' Anyone interested in the current stateof arguments about the extended mind and the future direction ofcognitive science will want to read this book. I look forward toresponding to the arguments."
Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy, Philosophie, Geistesphilosophie