Extended mind and identity

Robert A. Wilson, Bartlomiej A. Lenart

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Dominant views of personal identity in philosophy take some kind of psychological continuity or connectedness over time to be criterial for the identity of a person over time. Such views assign psychological states, particularly those necessary for narrative or autobiographical memory of some kind, and special importance in thinking about the nature of persons. The extended mind thesis, which has generated much recent discussion in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, holds that a person’s psychological states can physically extend beyond that person’s body. Since “person” is a term of both metaphysical and moral significance, and discussions of both extended minds and personal identity have often focused on memory, this article explores the relevance of extended cognition for the identity of persons with special attention to neuroethics and memory.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Neuroethics
Place of PublicationNetheralnds
PublisherSpringer, Dordrecht, Netherlands
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789400747074
ISBN (Print)9789400747067
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


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