Sunday, February 6, 2011

U. Central Florida Philosophy Colloquium: Somogy Varga, Ph.D

The Truly Extended Mind. Made in Interaction  
Tuesday, Feb 8 6:00p to 8:00p

The talk aims to critically engage with a 'radical autonomy claim' (RAC) of the Extended Mind Hypothesis (EMH). While underpinning this claim is crucial for the EMH to become a credible alternative framework for the pursuit of cognitive science, the talk shall argue that Clark fails to prove it. The talk will construct a new version of the EMH, the Truly Extended Mind Hypothesis (TEMH), which entails the RAC, while simultaneously being immune to the problems of the EMH. In the last part of the talk, the talk will demonstrate that the TEMH is useful in explaining particular cognitive phenomena that emerge in interaction. While the usual examples in the EMH-discussions by and large involve individually used props, this talk highlights the somewhat neglected fact that human problem solving activity is often an intrinsically social issue.

Somogy Varga is a postdoctoral researcher in Philosophy of Mind and Cognition at the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrueck and currently a visiting researcher at the Center for Subjectivity Research in Copenhagen. Previously, he worked at the Institute of Social Research in Frankfurt and received his Ph.D. from the University of Frankfurt with a dissertation on social philosophy (supervised by Axel Honneth). He mainly pursues research interests in the philosophy of psychiatry, philosophy of mind, phenomenology, social philosophy and critical theory.

Location: Psychology Building, Conference Room(0226)

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