This article evaluates the consequences of the extended cognition thesis for philosophical anthropology. This examination is part of what we call the technological turn in social and human sciences, a relatively recent phenomenon that leads to a posthumanist reorientation of the anthropological question. According to this turn, technology becomes a key factor in understanding the human being, both in its ontological dimension and its present historical condition. In turn, this technological shift tends to reject the very idea of an ahistorical and impenetrable human nature, postulating instead the figure of the "distributed human being", intimately constituted by its relationship with artifacts and material culture. In this context, the main objective of this work is to trace the evolution of the extended cognition thesis along four "waves", in order to offer a certain reinterpretation of this thesis in the context of the anthropological question.
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- Extended cognition
- Material culture
- Philosophical anthropology