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Translated title of the contribution: The extended mind

Andy Clark, David J. Chalmers

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Where are the borders of mind and where does the rest of the world begin? There are two standard answers possible: Some philosophers argue that these borders are de-fined by our scull and skin. Everything outside the body is also outside the mind. The others argue that the meanings of our words "simply are not in our heads" and insist that this meaning externalism applies also to the mind. The authors are suggesting a third position, i.e. quite another form of externalism. Their so called active externalism implies an active involvement of the background in controlling the cognitive processes.

Translated title of the contributionThe extended mind
Original languageSlovak
Pages (from-to)230-242
Number of pages13
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

This article originally appeared in Analysis 58 (1998): 10-23. Also Published in: P. Grim (ed.): The Philosopher's Annual, 21 (1998); in: D. Chalmers (ed.): Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings (Oxford University Press 2002).


  • Active externalism
  • Belief
  • Cognition
  • Extended mind


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