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Radicalizing EnactivismBasic Minds without Content$
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Daniel D. Hutto and Erik Myin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262018548

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262018548.001.0001

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Extensive Minds

Extensive Minds

(p.135) 7 Extensive Minds
Radicalizing Enactivism

Daniel D. Hutto

Erik Myin

The MIT Press

This chapter examines what acceptance of Radical Enactive Cognition means for the now stagnating debate about the extent and boundaries of mind. It argues that basic minds are extensive and not merely extended if they are contentless. It demonstrates how REC decisively advances debates about whether minds extend, moving beyond traditional stalemates. It shows how it is possible to refurbish some of the best proposals that have come forth from these discussions if REC is accepted. Specifically, it argues that thinking on this topic must be reframed in terms of extensive but contentless basic minds. It is possible that basic minds might be transformed, through engaging in wider practices, to become contentful scaffolded minds.

Keywords:   Radical Enactive Cognition, extension, contentless minds, scaffolded minds

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