Vincent C. Müller

The Extended Mind Thesis Is about Demarcation and Use of Words

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Keywords: Cognition; Cognitivism; Computationalism; Embodiment; Extended Mind; Mark of the Mental.

The «extended mind thesis» sounds like a substantive thesis, the truth of which we should investigate. But actually the thesis a) turns about to be just a statement on where the demarcations for the «mental» are to be set (internal, external,...), i.e. it is about the «mark of the mental»; and b) the choice about the mark of the mental is a verbal choice, not a matter of scientific discovery. So, the «extended mind thesis» is a remark on how its supporters or opponents want to use the word 'mind', not a thesis of cognitive science or philosophy. The upshot of the extended mind discussion should not be to draw the line further out, but to drop the demarcation project.

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