, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 115-118
Date: 29 Jan 2011

Don Ross et al. (eds.), Distributed Cognition and the Will

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This book is a collection of different contributions: different authors, disciplines, types of approach. On one hand this is fruitful: it amplifies one’s view, it connects various disciplines (economics, psychiatry, game theory) to the classical philosophical and psychological perspectives. For this very reason I noticed, on the other hand, some lack of a definite fil rouge which, at least partially, confuses the reader.

While presenting a wide array of theories and perspectives, the question of the mutual links between the distributed cognition hypothesis and the will to me seems hardly explicitly discussed: I feel that the reader must draw his own conclusions.

The book is divided into fourteen chapters, organized in three parts. The first part is about the will: its importance, its illusional character and the consequences of (non)responsibility for the society (Chapters 2–5). The second is about cognition, the extended mind hypothesis and the general concepts of self and action (Chapt ...