CFP — Essays in Philosophy: Extended Cognition and the Extended Mind

Submissions are sought for the July 2016 issue of Essays in Philosophy, a peer-reviewed online journal edited by David Boersema (Pacific University):

The topic of the issue is Extended Cognition and the Extended Mind. The issue editor is Gary Bartlett (Central Washington University).

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2016.

The hypothesis that cognition, and the mind more generally, might extend beyond the margins of the body came to prominence in philosophy in the 1990s. The most oft-cited source is Andy Clark and David Chalmers’ 1998 article ‘The Extended Mind’, but others in that decade had already begun to push against the boundary of the skin—notably John Haugeland, Robert Wilson and Susan Hurley. Since then, interest in the extended mind hypothesis and its implications has exploded, with the topic being pursued in numerous articles, books, journal issues, and conferences. It has also given rise to fruitful discussion and collaboration between philosophers and researchers in other fields such as psychology, anthropology, psychiatry, and biology. Interest shows no sign of waning, as there remain many unanswered questions. Some argue that the extended mind hypothesis requires us to fundamentally rethink our understanding of the mind (and thus of ourselves), while others reply that the traditional boundary between the mind and the world can and should be maintained. Meanwhile, ideas from the extended mind literature are now themselves being extended from philosophy of mind into other areas of philosophy – such as epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics.

Essays in Philosophy invites papers exploring some aspect of extended cognition or the extended mind. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • embodied cognition and embedded cognition
  • varieties of mental externalism and mental internalism
  • functionalism and the extended mind
  • emotion / affect and the extended mind
  • the search for a ‘mark of the mental’
  • consciousness, qualia and the extended mind
  • group minds and group cognition
  • extended mind and personhood
  • epistemology and extended knowing
  • memory and propositional knowledge
  • representation and extended cognition
  • intrinsic and derived mental content
  • computationalism and extended cognition
  • responsibility, autonomy and the extended mind

Submissions should be sent to the general editor, David Boersema, at

The issue editor, Gary Bartlett, may be contacted at


Essays in Philosophy is a biannual journal published by Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR). It publishes philosophical papers of quality which the editors believe will make a contribution to the literature on a certain topic. The journal holds to no specific school of thought, mode of philosophizing, or style of writing. Each issue of the journal is devoted to a specific topic.

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