On Failures of Agency

Some Varieties of Failures of Agency A. Paul Holmer on Weakness of Will (or lack of desire) … when I can no longer decide between opposing options, or when I completely lack wants and wishes, then much of daily life loses its challenge, and I begin to think there is little sense left. The philosopher Aristotle noted […]

Alva Noe on Consciousness

There’s an interesting conversation taking place at the interface between philosophy of mind and cognitive neuroscience. One of this conversation’s recurring talking points is the hypothesis of the “extended mind.” Some of the key concerns raised speak to whether the human mind is to be identified with the brain, whether the mind’s powers are analogous to the powers of computers, and what difference it might make to the philosophical and scientific study of the mind if greater consideration is paid to the mind’s character as “embodied, embedded, enacted, and extended.” Alva Noë is one proponent of “extended mind” research, and you can get some sense of the flavor of his contribution to the conversation in the following video.

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For some further orienting to related discussions in Philosophy of Mind and Embodied Cognitive Science, consider the following for serviceable introductions:

James Smith’s liturgical anthropology

James Smith’s liturgical anthropology In an earlier post I offered a book notice for James Smith’s 2009 effort Desiring the Kingdom. I thought I’d like to return to a particular theme of that work that Smith himself expands upon in the second volume of his Baker Cultural Liturgies trilogy Imagining the Kingdom (2013). I thought I’d let Smith speak for himself this time. […]

Herbert McCabe on natural kinds

Herbert McCabe on natural kinds I do not know how to give an account of the way we have come to divide up our experienced world into what John Locke would have called ‘natural kinds’ or natural units; it is evidently an extremely important part of the business of living with things and interacting with […]