Making Sense of Sense-Making: Reflections on Enactive and Extended Mind Theories
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- Thompson, E. & Stapleton, M. Topoi (2009) 28: 23. doi:10.1007/s11245-008-9043-2
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This paper explores some of the differences between the enactive approach in cognitive science and the extended mind thesis. We review the key enactive concepts of autonomy and sense-making. We then focus on the following issues: (1) the debate between internalism and externalism about cognitive processes; (2) the relation between cognition and emotion; (3) the status of the body; and (4) the difference between ‘incorporation’ and mere ‘extension’ in the body-mind-environment relation.