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Radicalizing Enactivism

Basic Minds without Content

Daniel D. Hutto and Erik Myin

Publication Year: 2012

A book that promotes the thesis that basic forms of mentality—intentionally directed cognition and perceptual experience—are best understood as embodied yet contentless.

Published by: The MIT Press


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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyrigth Page

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pp. i-vi


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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-xx

Catching a swirling leaf, finding one’s way through unfamiliar terrain, attending and keeping track of another’s gaze, watching the sun rising at the horizon—the vast sea of what humans do...


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pp. xxi-xxiv


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pp. xxv-xxvi

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Chapter 1: Enactivism

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pp. 1-22

For those working in the sciences of the mind, these are interesting times. Revolution is, yet again, in the air. This time it has come in the wake of avant-garde Enactive or Embodied...

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Chapter 2: Enactivisms Less Radical

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pp. 23-38

A truly radical enactivism differs in important respects from the more conspicuous and already well-established branches of enactivism—Sensorimotor Enactivism and Autopoietic Enactivism. While REC shares...

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Chapter 3: The Reach of REC

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pp. 39-56

An obvious line of argument against REC draws on observations about the proper order and requirements of bona fide cognitive explanations—on presumed explanatory needs. Fodor (2008b)...

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Chapter 4: The Hard Problem of Content

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pp. 57-82

It is good policy to kill two birds with one stone, whenever possible. This chapter seeks even greater economy. It has three birds in its sights: (1) It aims to defang the informational-processing challenge...

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Chapter 5: CIC’s Retreat

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pp. 83-106

So far, we have considered the standard reasons for thinking that very basic forms of cognition must be CIC and have reviewed proposals about how they could be so. We have found both the...

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Chapter 6: CIC’s Last Stand

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pp. 107-134

While unquestionably CIC-ish, maximally minimal intellectualism occupies a position that closely neighbors REC in conceptual space. There is much the two agree on. They remain rivals...

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Chapter 7: Extensive Minds

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pp. 135-154

What follows for the Extended Mind Hypothesis (EMH) if REC is true? The EMH was first formulated by Clark and Chalmers (1998) after being anticipated by others (Wilson 1994; Haugeland 1998)...

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Chapter 8: Regaining Consciousness

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pp. 155-178

If basic minds are extensive because they are contentless, does it follow that phenomenality is likewise extensive? Headlinegrabbing enactivist claims on this topic have attracted intense...


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pp. 179-188


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pp. 189-198


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pp. 199-206

E-ISBN-13: 9780262312172
Print-ISBN-13: 9780262018548

Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2012