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  • Page extent: 284 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.51 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 128/.2
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: BD418.3 .R78 1999
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Philosophy of mind
    • Mind and body
    • Cognition
    • Externalism (Philosophy of mind)

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521652742 | ISBN-10: 052165274X)

DOI: 10.2277/052165274X

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In this book, Mark Rowlands challenges the Cartesian view of the mind as a self-contained monadic entity, and offers in its place a radical externalist or environmentalist model of cognitive processes. Cognition is not something done exclusively in the head, but fundamentally something done in the world. Drawing on both evolutionary theory and a detailed examination of the processes involved in perception, memory, thought and language use, Rowlands argues that cognition is, in part, a process whereby creatures manipulate and exploit relevant objects in their environment. It is not simply an internal process of information processing; equally significantly, it is an external process of information processing. This innovative book provides a foundation for an unorthodox but increasingly popular view of the nature of cognition.

• Systematic and wide-ranging • Proposes and defends an unorthodox but increasingly popular view • Of interest to philosophers, psychologists and cognitive scientists


Preface; 1. Introduction: 'a picture held us captive'; Part I. Psychotechtonics: 2. Introduction to part I: 'don't work hard, work smart'; 3. Environmentalism and what it is not; 4. Environmentalism and evolution; 5. Perception; 6. Memory; 7. Thought; 8. Language; Part II. Psychosemantics: 9. Introduction to part II: the need for and the place of a theory of representation; 10. Two theories of representation; 11. Environmentalism and teleological semantics; References; Index.

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