Call for Papers

 

Special Section of the journal Philosophy and Society

 Extended Mind and Extended Cognition

 

We now welcome submissions for a special section in the December 2018 issue of Philosophy and Society, a peer-reviewed, open access academic journal published by the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade. 

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One could argue that most of the problems, concepts and theories within Philosophy of Mind arose from addressing some of the basic assumptions of Cartesianism, and the same holds for the Extended Mind and Extended Cognition hypotheses. While Cartesian dualism lost much of its flavour by mid-twentieth century, the idea that thinking takes place inside the human head remained alive and well, arguably until today. Although this kind of mental internalism endured as a predominant view about the location of the mind through most of the twentieth century, this idea was challenged in many different ways by authors such as Merleau-Ponty, Dewey, Vygotsky, Maturana and Varela, Dennett, Van Gelder, Hurley and many others, who saw the workings of the mind as essentially embedded in the environment. Nevertheless, it was not before the publication of Andy Clark's and David Chalmers's 1998 paper “The Extended Mind”, in which they lay down a functionalist argument in favour of the external vehicles of mental states and cognitive processes, that the idea of the mind that stretches over the boundaries of the skull came to its current prominence. The claim that, at least sometimes, parts of the environment (partly) constitute mental states and cognitive processes, started an avalanche of responses that took shape in numerous conferences, articles, books, and even academic courses. The reason for such an interest was, of course, the claim's negative stance towards „neural chauvinism“, the last remnant of the Cartesian project, or the claim that only the neural body can be an appropriate supervenience base of the mental and the cognitive. Today these two conceptually closely related hypotheses—Extended Mind and Extended Cognition—bring together researchers from different disciplines, such as philosophy, cognitive psychology, anthropology, robotics, and biology, and spark discussions about various topics spanning the nature of perception, phenomenology, agency, personhood, knowledge, emotions, and many others.

Philosophy and Society invites original contributions that investigate different topics inspired by these two hypotheses, including but not limited to:

  • Functionalism and the extended mind
  • Extended consciousness
  • Emotions and the extended mind
  • Evolutionary biology and the extended mind and cognition
  • Culture, niche construction, and extended cognition
  • Cognitive architecture and extended cognition
  • Dynamical systems and extended cognition
  • Extended cognition and epistemology
  • Extended agency and personhood
  • Social and group cognition
  • Social machines and the extended mind

 

Deadline for submissions is 15 August 2018.

Submissions should include two separate files:

  • Title page with names and affiliations of all authors, abstract, keywords and acknowledgements, and
  • Main document containing main text and references, which should be properly anonymized.

Every submitted article will be subjected to a double blind peer review process.

Submissions should be sent to the journal’s Editorial Office, at redakcijaFID@instifdt.bg.ac.rs

For further guidelines regarding formatting, citation style, etc., please see “Author Guidelines” at http://journal.instifdt.bg.ac.rs/index.php?journal=fid&page=about&op=submissions#authorGuidelines