Extended mind and cognitive enhancement: moral aspects of cognitive artifacts

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Abstract

This article connects philosophical debates about cognitive enhancement and situated cognition. It does so by focusing on moral aspects of enhancing our cognitive abilities with the aid of external artifacts. Such artifacts have important moral dimensions that are addressed neither by the cognitive enhancement debate nor situated cognition theory. In order to fill this gap in the literature, three moral aspects of cognitive artifacts are singled out: their consequences for brains, cognition, and culture; their moral status; and their relation to personal identity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-32
Number of pages16
JournalPhenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cognitive artifacts
  • Cognitive enhancement
  • Cognitive scaffolding
  • Distributed cognition
  • Extended mind
  • Material culture
  • Neuroethics

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