The extended mind thesis is about demarcation and use of words

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-348
JournalReti, Saperi, Linguaggi
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognition
  • Cognitivism
  • Computationalism
  • Embodiment
  • Extended Mind
  • Mark of the Mental


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