Rupert's treatment is a state of the art sustained attack on various forms of the 'extended mind hypothesis'. It is rigorous and challenging, and will be of interest to a quite a large audience of researchers (graduates and above) in philosophy and in cognitive science. Rupert studiously avoids the 'straw men' that populate some recent critiques, and raises deep and sympathetic challenges that go to the core of the program. * Andy Clark, Department of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh * Rupert's book is a good read. It is a sustained, systematic, critical examination of the idea that minds are not simply ensconced inside heads, but extend into both bodies and the world beyond the body.... There is much to admire in this book. It is well-structured and well-written, adopting a self-consciously naturalistic perspective on how to understand the mind through our best, even if imperfect, empirical sciences in the domain of cognition. By presenting and
critiquing a number of explicit arguments for and against the specific views that Rupert considers, COGNITIVE SYSTEMS advances the field. * Robert A. Wilson, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews * Rupert's work is impressive both in its scope and its depth. I'll give it the highest praise that I can think to give a book in philosophy: before I read it, I was on the fence about HEC. The book convinced me. It is excellent work, and one that should be read by anyone in the debate. * Journal of Mind and Behavior * There's much to be admired in this book, and not much left to be desired. Without sacrificing philosophical rigor or attention to empirical details, Rupert repeatedly brings empirical findings under philosophical scrutiny. From start to finish, he spots enthymematic arguments, and over and over again, he challenges both opponents of the embedded view and those who hold that the rules and representations approach to cognition is outdated and needs to be supplanted.
Cogntive Systems demands the attention of everyone who is interested in the nature of cognition. I highly recommend this book. * Minds and Machines *show more