Thursday, January 22, 2009

Review in Metapsychology

Sven Walter has a very nice review here in Metapsychology. (Thanks to Walter for writing it!) It is primarily informative, but there are hints that we should expect a more extensive critical reply at some point.

Near the end of his review, however, Walter writes,
  • Adams and Aizawa's conclusion in the last sentence of their book is that "there is a scientifically and philosophically motivated reason to believe that there are psychological processes that are found in brains that are unlike processes that span brains, bodies, and environments" (p. 179). I agree. Fortunately for those who (like me) tend to find EMT plausible enough to take it seriously, and for those who (like Andy Clark or Richard Menary) fully endorse it, a 'scientifically and philosophically motivated reason' is just that, a reason, and one of the good things about philosophy is that one can acknowledge that there is a reason, even a good reason, for a position that one rejects.
It's good to have this point of agreement, since one of the recurring themes in the extended cognition literature is the claim that it is mere (Cartesian) prejudice to think that the mind is realized by the brain. Now we can get on with evaluating the reasons.

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