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Empiricism for cyborgs

Toon, Adam (2013) Empiricism for cyborgs. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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One important debate between scientific realists and constructive empiricists concerns whether we observe things using instruments. This paper offers a new perspective on the debate over instruments by looking to recent discussion in philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Realists often speak of instruments as ‘extensions’ to our senses. I ask whether the realist may strengthen her view by drawing on the extended mind thesis. Proponents of the extended mind thesis claim that cognitive processes can sometimes extend beyond our brains and bodies into the environment. I suggest that the extended mind thesis offers a way to make sense of realists’ talk of instruments as extensions to the senses and that it provides the realist with a new argument against the constructive empiricist view of instruments.


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Toon, Adama.toon@exeter.ac.uk
Additional Information: This paper is based on a talk I gave at the annual conference of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science at the University of Exeter, July 4-5th 2013. The final paper will appear in the 2014 edition of Philosophical Issues (supplement to Noûs), edited by Jesper Kallestrup and Duncan Pritchard.
Keywords: Scientific realism - Constructive empiricism – Instruments – Microscopes – Extended mind thesis – Bas van Fraassen – Andy Clark
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Dr Adam Toon
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2014 06:43
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 06:43
Item ID: 10629
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 1 November 2013
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10629

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