Het uiterlijk van het innerlijk: 'Extended mind', technologie en de binnen-buiten scheiding

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    This paper explains how and in what sense technological artifacts can become part of our human cognition. It elaborates why Clark's Extended Mind thesis, as well as more conventional materialist theories of mind, is not sufficiently capable of grasping the influence of external objects and artifacts on the mind. This is, according to the author, due to the fact that a pivotal distinction between the human organism and the world of artifacts, which Extended Mind theorists proclaim to have overcome, is covertly preserved in a categorical distinction between inside and outside. Inspired especially by Peirce's philosophy of mind and his semiotics, the author tries to find a way out of this 'inside-outside' framework. External objects, artifacts or processes should, according to him, not be conceived as inanimate and unintelligent matter utilized by a separately living, inner mental sphere that has set certain pre-established goals for itself. Mind has rather an external and 'artifactual' character. It unfolds itself through external objects and technological artifacts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)701-728
    Number of pages28
    JournalTijdschrift voor filosofie (België)
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • Inside world
    • Cognition
    • Extended mind
    • Technology
    • Introspection
    • Artifactual mind


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