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Constitution

2014

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Extended Cognition And Constitution: Re-Evaluating The Constitutive Claim Of Extended Cognition, Michael D. Kirchhoff Jan 2014

Extended Cognition And Constitution: Re-Evaluating The Constitutive Claim Of Extended Cognition, Michael D. Kirchhoff

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts - Papers

This paper explores several paths by which the extended cognition (EC) thesis may overcome the coupling-constitution fallacy. In so doing, I address a couple of shortcomings in the contemporary literature. First, on the dimension of first-wave EC, I argue that constitutive arguments based on functional parity suffer from either a threat of cognitive bloat or an impasse with respect to determining the correct level of grain in the attribution of causal-functional roles. Second, on the dimension of second-wave EC, I argue that especially the complementarity approach suffers from a similar sort of dilemma as first-wave EC: an inability to justify ...