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Daniel D. Hutto and Erik Myin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036115

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036115.001.0001

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Continuity: Kinks Not Breaks

Continuity: Kinks Not Breaks

(p.121) 6 Continuity: Kinks Not Breaks
Evolving Enactivism

Daniel D. Hutto

Erik Myin

The MIT Press

Chapter 6 sets out to show REC can allow for content-involving cognition in nature without itself falling foul of the Hard Problem of Content and without introducing unbridgeable evolutionary discontinuity or gaps in nature. Thus it crucially defuses critical concerns about REC’s NOC program in order to establish that it is a tenable way of explaining the how content-involving cognition arose and arises naturally, and where content can be found in nature. It then lays out the broad outlines of REC’s proposed explanation for the Natural Origins of Content – its NOC program that draws on Neo-Pragmatist resources and advocates the adoption of a Relaxed as opposed to Strict Scientific Naturalism. It advances a multi-storey explanation, involving kinks not breaks. This explains how content-involving cognition could have arisen through the mastery of special socio-cultural practices, providing new resources but without changing the fundamental character of cognition. Its basic sketch of how the NOC program might be pursued paves the way for further research.

Keywords:   Natural Origins of Content; NOC, normativity, Strict Naturalism, Relaxed Naturalism, Neo-Pragmatism, evolutionary continuity, Scaling Down Objection, sociocultural scaffolding

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