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Boundaries of the Mind
The Individual in the Fragile Sciences - Cognition

  • Date Published: July 2006
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  • isbn: 9780511208294

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  • Where does the mind begin and end? Most philosophers and cognitive scientists take the view that the mind is bounded by the skull or skin of the individual. Robert Wilson, in this provocative and challenging 2004 book, provides the foundations for the view that the mind extends beyond the boundary of the individual. The approach adopted offers a unique blend of traditional philosophical analysis, cognitive science, and the history of psychology and the human sciences. A forthcoming companion volume Genes and the Agents of Life will explore the theme in the biological sciences. Written with verve and clarity, this ambitious book will appeal to a broad swathe of professionals and students in philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, and the history of the behavioural and human sciences.

    • Philosophically ambitious book arguing for the view that the mind extends beyond boundaries of individuals
    • Fully informed by developments in cognitive science, making this a 'state-of-the-art' account of the topic
    • Clearly and accessibly written
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    • Date Published: July 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511208294
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Disciplining the Individual and the Mind:
    1. The individual in the fragile sciences
    2. Individuals, psychology and the mind
    3. Nativism on my mind
    Part II. Individualism and Externalism in the Philosophy of Mind and the Cognitive Sciences:
    4. Individualism: philosophical foundations
    5. Metaphysics, mind and science: two views of realization
    6. Context-sensitive realizations
    7. Representation, computation and cognitive science
    Part III. Thinking through and beyond the Body:
    8. The embedded mind and cognition
    9. Expanding consciousness
    10. Intentionality and phenomenology
    Part IV. The Cognitive Metaphor in the Biological and Social Sciences:
    11. Group minds in historical perspective
    12. The group mind hypothesis in contemporary biology and social science

  • Author

    Robert A. Wilson, University of Alberta
    Robert A. Wilson is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Alberta.

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