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Extended vision

Robert A. Wilson

in Perception, Action, and Consciousness

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199551118
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191594960 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551118.003.0015
Extended vision

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Vision constitutes an interesting domain, or range of domains, for debate over the extended mind thesis: the idea that minds extend physically beyond the boundaries of the body. In part this is because vision (and visual experience more particularly) are sometimes presented as a kind of line in the sand for what we might call externalist creep about the mind: once all reasonable concessions have been made to externalists about the mind, visual experience marks a line beyond which lies a safe haven for individualists. This chapter puts a little more pressure on such a view of visual experience, and offers a more constructive, positive argument in defence of the idea of extended vision.

Keywords: visual experience; vision; extended mind; extended mind thesis

Chapter.  10491 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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