Extended Minds, Cognitive Institutions, and the Congress of Vienna

The following is a first draft of a chapter I wrote for a forthcoming volume, Under the Skin: On the Corporeality of Culture, edited by Zdravko Radman. It discusses the work by the philosopher and cognitive theorist Shaun Gallagher and his collaborators on “cognitive institutions.” Our minds can be extended into society, Gallagher et al argue, once they are connected to social institutions such as the legal system, economic markets, universities and museums. I agree with this framework, but argue that it must be further extended. Social institutions do not only facilitate the cognitive functions of our minds, but also the cognitive functions that are carried out by our bodies. The Congress of Vienna, 1815, provides a case study.

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  1. Is there any news on your article and the upcoming volume ”Under the Skin: On the Corporeality of Culture”? And do you know if the latter is just a journal or an anthology in the style of the others that Zdravko Radman so successfully edited in the past? I am referring to Knowing without thinking (2012), The hand, an organ of the mind (2013) and Before consciousness (2017).

    1. Hi there, nice to hear from you. I don’t think this volume will happen. I submitted my contribution over a year ago now and I haven’t heard anything from Zdravko for a while.I was very excited to be included in this volume, but alas, it doesn’t look like anything will come of it.

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